Operation Hot Wheels: 1998 Ford Escort

This week’s featured vehicle is a 1998 blue, 2-door Ford Escort. It was reported stolen from the parking lot of 2900 SW Arnold on December 24.

It is believed to have been taken between 4 p.m. on December 23 and 7 a.m. on December 24. The last four digits of the vehicle’s VIN are 5113 and it had a handicap license tag when stolen. The vehicle also has no hubcaps and had a handicap placard hanging on the rearview mirror when stolen. Information is also available online and will run on City Channel 4.

The 1992 Toyota Paseo which was featured last week has been recovered. On Sunday, an officer on patrol in the area of 14th and Buchanan spotted the Paseo at about 8 a.m.

Anyone with information on the theft of this vehicle or any other is asked to call detectives at 368-9400.

Things you can do to help prevent auto theft:

    Never leave your motor running when unattended. This is one of the easiest ways to lose your vehicle, i.e. warm-up thefts on cold mornings, a quick trip into the store, etc.

    Don't loan your car to a stranger or casual acquaintance. Good intentions can result in the theft of your vehicle.

    If you have a garage, use it, and remove the key! If you don't have a garage, park in a driveway instead of the street if possible.

    Steering wheel or steering-column collar locks make visible deterrents, as well as mechanical challenges.

    Never leave a spare key in the vehicle and don’t leave the title in the car.

    Keep valuables out of sight, i.e. cellular phones, pagers, backpacks, purses, CDs, valuable clothing, etc. Valuables in plain view are an open invitation for thieves.


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