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Car stolen in Columbia

By on December 22, 2018 at 11:06 pm

Police are investigating the Dec. 22 theft of a car in Columbia.

Columbia police were alerted at 6:42 a.m. that a white 2017 Chrysler 300 was missing from the 2600 block of Columbia Lakes Drive. An Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network alert was immediately issued to area law enforcement agencies following the reported theft.

The car was reportedly occupied by four black males dressed in dark clothing and was last seen traveling south on Columbia Lakes Drive toward Old State Route 3, according to the ISPERN broadcast. Reports indicate it struck multiple parked vehicles while leaving an apartment complex parking lot.

Earlier that morning, about 3 a.m., Columbia officers reported to the same area for a report of four black males on foot in the area the car would eventually be stolen. By the time police arrived, the males were gone.

“It’s a good possibility the two (incidents) are related,” said Columbia Police Chief Jerry Paul.

The owner of the stolen vehicle posted on Facebook that his car has tinted windows and a white UA symbol on both back door windows. The rear window driver’s side contains an “In memory of…” message in white and lime green lettering.

Vehicle owners are reminded to keep valuables out of sight, to keep doors locked, and not to leave keys in vehicle ignitions. Citizens are also urged to contact Columbia police whenever they notice any type suspicious activity.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Columbia police at 281-5151.


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