CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Thief hits several cars in Willard, Mo. neighborhood

Published: Jun. 23, 2021 at 11:14 AM CDT
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WILLARD, Mo. (KY3) - Police are investigating a string of car break-ins Wednesday morning in a Willard neighborhood.

Police say at they now have reports that a thief went through ten vehicles, though not all lost valuables. Some incidents happened on Berry Lane, Covington Road and John F. Kennedy Drive. Police say they were called to the neighborhood just after 3AM about suspicious activity, but the car break-ins weren’t discovered until later.

At least three residents caught the thief on surveillance video and shared their video with KY3 News. Luke Owings says he and his wife had an expensive diaper bag stolen from a car in their driveway, and on video. He says they always lock their car, but forgot last night. A neighbor found the stolen bag between his house and a privacy fence.

At another house on Covington Road, Lisa Dreckman says someone threw a landscaping stone through her car window to steal a work bag. She is frustrated by the damage to her vehicle, which was locked. She says the bag could have been mistaken for a laptop bag, but only contained folders and papers. Neighbors found the bag too.

Police also say two guns were stolen from two separate vehicles.

Willard Police Chief Tom McClain asks you to file a police report if you believe the thief hit your property.

“You never really know,” said Chief McClain. “The information that we receive from the person who hasn’t called in yet could provide the link to help us solve the case.”

Of course, if you recognize the man in the surveillance videos, call the Willard Police Department.

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