By CLINT FOSTER
It would appear that local criminals have taken particular interest in stationary vehicles lately. The Mineral Wells Police Department reported six vehicles were burglarized over the last two weeks and a truck was stolen.
Mineral Wells Chief of Police Dean Sullivan said, although this is not acceptable, six burglaries in two weeks are by no means a rash or anything to be alarmed about. He said all six burglaries appear unrelated, occurring at sporadic times and places with no specific pattern. However, Mineral Wells has only seen 12 vehicle burglaries in the last two months, meaning half of those have occurred fairly recently.
The first burglary took place on the 1900 block of SE 11 Street late at night on Aug. 21. Police report the victim’s two cars were burglarized with two pistols stolen from one – a Taurus PT 24/7 Pro and an EAA Witness Polymer, both estimated at $400 each. According to police, the cars were unlocked and the stolen pistols have not been recovered.
Another burglary occurred on SE 1st Street around high noon on Aug. 24. Police said the victim left her coach purse, valued at $500, and $300 cash in her car while she went inside a building to get her haircut.
When the victim returned to her car, the items were gone.
The other four burglaries follow similar story lines. In one instance, police report a man’s leaf blower and gas were stolen from his truck after he spent three hours in El Paseo. Another man found his cordless Dewalt tools missing from the bed of his truck in the 600 block of SE 13th Avenue evening of Aug. 30.
In response to the burglaries, Sullivan had this advice for the citizens of Mineral Wells.
“Looking at the majority of these incidents, it’s a good time to remind people, don’t leave your valuables inside of your vehicle, especially not your pistols or purses,” he said.