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DECATUR — The Decatur Police Department is searching for suspects in two separate vehicle thefts between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

A car valued at $13,000 was taken from the 700 block of South Illinois Street. Detective Sgt. Steve Carroll said the vehicle was left unlocked in the driveway with a spare key inside. The victim went to bed at 9 p.m., and the car was still in the driveway. Her boyfriend arrived home at 12:30 a.m. and the car was gone, Carroll said.

Another car, a 1995 Infiniti sedan, was stolen from the 1300 block of West Macon Street between 5 p.m. on Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Carroll said. The victim reported that the vehicle was unlocked with the keys inside at the time.

The car has an estimated value of less than $500. Police found the vehicle Thursday morning around 9 a.m. in the 1000 block of West Tuttle Street. 

There are no suspects in either case, he said. 

The best way to protect your car is to remove the keys and lock the doors, Carroll said.

“Very rarely we see someone hot-wiring a car like you see on TV. We almost never see that,” Carroll said.

Cars also get stolen when people leave them running in public places, Carroll said.

“People run into the store and leave their car running,” he said. “And so someone takes it for a joy ride.”

Most vehicles are stolen by someone known to the victim because people are aware that the victim’s car is unlocked with the keys inside, Carroll said.

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Contact Claire Hettinger at (217) 421-6985. Follow her on Twitter: @ClaireHettinger


Public Safety Reporter

Public safety reporter for the Herald & Review.

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