Police are warning people to take caution after a string of vehicle burglaries over the weekend.
There were six reported thefts from vehicles from Friday to Sunday, five of which had an estimated loss of $500 or more. Many of them occurred in parking lots of hotels.
Riley County Police Department spokeswoman Hali Rowland said police don’t know yet if the thefts are connected nor do they have suspect descriptions as the investigations are ongoing.
On Friday morning, a 26-year-old woman reported that someone entered her 2019 Subaru Crosstec and took a Glock 42 pistol and pocket knife at 509 Pierre St. Estimated total loss is $560.
On Saturday morning, a 53-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman reported someone damaged their Mercedes coupe and took miscellaneous items from the car in the parking lot at the Hilton Garden Inn. Estimated total loss is $500.
Another man also told officers that someone damaged his Honda Accord and took a Smith and Wesson Shield 9 mm with a magazine at the hotel. Estimated total loss is $850.
On Sunday morning, a 60-year-old woman reported that someone damaged the window of her 2017 GMC Yukon and took a Macbook Pro inside the vehicle at the Hampton Inn. Estimated loss is $2,800. A 23-year-old man also reported that someone damaged the window on his 2016 Jeep Patriot and took clothing and bags full of miscellaneous items outside Fairfield Inn. Estimated total loss is $1,330.
Police did not name the victims.
According to a crime update presented at the July Riley County Law Enforcement Agency meeting, the trend of motor vehicle thefts has generally risen since 2014 in Riley County.
While some of the vehicles were forcibly entered, police have been advising citizens of methods to help protect themselves from these crimes, including locking their cars, taking their keys and items inside with them and hiding valuables out-of-sight.
“It’s one of those situations where people, unless it happens to them, don’t realize how dangerous it is to leave items inside a vehicle,” Rowland said. “We always caution people to take their valuable items inside with them to prevent this kind of theft.”
Police ask that anyone with information contact RCPD or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers. Using the Crime Stoppers service allows users to remain anonymous and could qualify them for a cash reward up to $1,000.