Another vehicle was broken into in Washington.
Police said a window was broken and items were taken from a vehicle at Steak ’n Shake Saturday night. Police have reported eight different vehicles have been broken into since Saturday, April 8.
Police have been trying to determine if the thefts are connected or just random.
“We’re working on video, but there doesn’t seem to be a link,” Washington Detective Sgt. Steve Sitzes said.
Some of the stolen items from last weekend’s thefts were recovered along Highway 94. Sitzes said it appears the thieves took valuables out and then discarded the purses and wallets along the side of the road.
“They’re going through the purse and just chucking it because they don’t want to get stopped with it,” he said.
Washington Police Capt. Jim Armstrong said people need to take precautions to prevent their vehicles from being targeted.
“I know they’re breaking windows out, but do not leave valuables in the vehicle,” Armstrong said. “Most of them, the valuables were visible — purses mainly. They’re just laying on the floorboard or on the seat. People are targeting vehicles, specifically, where they can see valuables. Lock your vehicle and don’t leave anything valuable out.”
Armstrong said he believes the thefts are related to drug addiction.
“Just like a lot of our thefts, it’s an opportunistic thing,” he said. “That’s a way — they have to have that funding to buy their heroin. We think it’s related.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Washington Police Department at 636-390-1050.
“They’ll get caught eventually, it’s just a matter of when,” Armstrong said. “Hopefully it’s sooner rather than later.”