TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Topeka Police Department issued a release Wednesday, stating that officers are noticing a trend in auto thefts involving the use of a tow truck.
According to TPD spokesperson, Kristen Veverka, the truck will hook up to a car on the street, usually in a residential neighborhood, and will tow it to another location to strip the parts.
The TPD is encouraging citizens to watch out for this potential crime in their neighborhoods. If you see an unmarked or suspicious tow vehicle in your neighborhood, contact your neighbor to see if the service is legitimate. If it is not, contact the police or Crime Stoppers and take note of any markings, tag, color, or descriptive details about the tow vehicle.
Veverka said, "With the warm weather upon us, we encourage citizens to be vigilant about protecting their vehicle from theft. The police department would like to remind citizens to lock their car doors, to park in a garage whenever possible, to not leave keys in the car, and to note any suspicious or unusual behavior around vehicles in their neighborhood."