Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to multiple incidents of unlocked vehicles being entered illegally around Ball Ground last Saturday resulting in the theft of a Jeep in one instance and a pistol in another.

According to sheriff’s office:

Shortly after 7 a.m. last Saturday reports began to come in from the Ball Ground area from people saying their vehicles had been entered overnight. In three of five cases, the vehicle owners did not notice anything missing from their autos.

At another residence, a woman noticed her 2019 Jeep Compass that had been parked along the curb outside her house was missing. She told a deputy the vehicle was unlocked with the keys inside. Her bank debit card was also inside the vehicle. An unlocked truck, also parked along the curb in front of the residence had also been entered, but nothing was taken.

Also Saturday morning a resident reported that his unlocked vehicle had been entered and a Springfield XDS 9 mm handgun stolen from it.

Local law enforcement officials have said entering autos is one of the most common crimes locally and stressed that in most cases locking the doors would have prevented the theft.

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