BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – Area law enforcement agencies are on the lookout for two cars that were stolen in the past 24 hours. A third vehicle that was also stolen locally in that time frame was recovered in the Quad Cities.
According to Fort Madison Police Chief Tim Sittig, the other vehicle is still missing.
“On Saturday night, Sunday morning, there was reported a gray, 2007 Ford Edge missing from a hotel in town. This vehicle has been recovered in Illinois near the Quad Cities area and the owner has been contacted. This case is still under investigation and charges may be pending in this case.
“The second car was reported stolen early Monday morning from the 2100 block of Ave. I and is described as a white 2004 Toyota Camry, Iowa License CQJ821 Ia. This vehicle has not yet been recovered.”
Sittig said there are no suspects at this time involving the second theft.
There was also another vehicle reported stolen in Lee County overnight and Sittig said it is unknown if these cases are related or not.
Donnellson/West Point police chief Brad Roberts said he is investigating a third vehicle theft of a white 2004 Toyota off property in Donnellson. He said the vehicle shouldn’t be hard to identify because he believes the front and back bumpers are zip tied to the frame and there is a butterfly print on the seat covers.
The thefts could also be related to garage break-ins where tools and other implements have been reported missing.
Lee County Sheriff Stacy Weber said he was alerted to the three vehicle thefts and said these, again, appear to be crimes of opportunity. He said residents need to take proper precautions with their vehicle and belongings.
“It seems to be from people leaving keys in their cars,” Weber said. “We would just remind people to make sure you get your keys out and lock your doors. Make yourself a tough target.”