Rash of vehicle burglaries reported in Riverton; Police remind residents to lock their vehicles

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Police Captain Eric Murphy again reminded city residents to lock their homes and vehicles when they are unattended. Murphy made the comment Wednesday morning after a rash of auto burglaries were reported overnight on Tuesday, mostly from unlocked vehicles. He urged residents not to leave valuables in plain sight so as not to tempt a thief.

The reports started coming in just before 6 a.m. when the owner of a tan-colored Matrix found the stereo of the vehicle ripped out of the dash. Apparently the thief was interrupted because the stereo was found on the floor of the vehicle. That incident was reported in the 900 block of Eastview Drive.

The next report came from the 500 block of Elk Drive at 7:26 a.m. where a  purse containing cash and a debit card was taken from a vehicle.

Two vehicles were rummaged through in the 700 block of Spencer Street, but nothing of value was reported taken.

In the 600 block of South Federal, three vehicles parked at Fritz’s Repair were broken into. One vehicle received $200 damage to a car door.

Back on Eastview, in the 1000 block, a knife and cash was taken from a truck that had been entered. That report came in just after 9 a.m.

Just before 10 a.m. a report from the 200 block of Bell avenue indicated a vehicle there had been rummaged through, but nothing of value was missing.

An iPod was taken from a vehicle in the 500 block of Elk Drive after the owner found it had been entered and someone rummaged around inside.

Money and other items were taken from a vehicle in the 1400 block of Pinecrest. The theft was discovered at 2:05 p.m.

Murphy reiterated the best way to prevent a theft from a motor vehicle is not to leave valuables inside and to lock the doors when unattended.