Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - The Chippewa Falls Police Department said the area has experienced an unusually large number of thefts from unlocked vehicles in 2017.
Since July, the department has received more than 70 incidents of vehicles being entered and rummaged through. They said items such as change, purses, wallets, medications, electronics, knifes, and even guns have been reported stolen. The cars have been parked on the street and in driveways.
Authorities believe multiple groups are committing the thefts. Earlier this fall, three juveniles were arrested but the thefts still continue.
The department urges the public to keep your vehicle doors locked if you're parked outside and to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement right away.
"It's a small town, people trust each other and unfortunately you get people taking advantage of that. So we just want to make sure that everybody's aware that this is going on in the city right now, and around the city, in the county, Lake Hallie, Eau Claire, and to keep their vehicles locked at all times," said Investigator Jason Jacobson.
Anyone who may have information about the thefts is asked to contact Investigator Jacobson with the Chippewa Falls Police Department at (715) 726-2706 or firstname.lastname@example.org.