One week earlier it was Lincoln Township Police who issued a warning to residents around Stevensville to remove valuable items from personal vehicles and to then lock those same vehicles when left outside, or even in garages overnight.
Now, it’s authorities in the Van Buren County community of Bloomingdale who are discovering bad luck on Friday the 13th and learning the rules the hard way after another rash of vehicle entries and reported theft and larceny from multiple cars and truck on the north side of that village.
Van Buren County Sheriff Dan Abbott and Operations Lieutenant Jim Charon are reporting that multiple residents awakened on Friday the 13th to find that bad luck had befallen them in the overnight hours in the form of a thief or thieves hitting unlocked cars and trucks on the north side of the Village of Bloomingdale.
At least eight families reported that their car, truck or SUV was illegally entered and items were stolen in the early morning hours of Friday the 13th of September. Van Buren County Sheriff’s Deputies Randy Whitmore, Jason Stasienko, and Scott Schmitt were kept busy all morning long being dispatched to homes where items of value had been stolen by one or more people rummaging through those vehicles in the dark.
As is always the case after these incidents, as was the case in Stevensville, authorities are reminding everyone to lock unattended vehicles at all times and take valuable items out of them before leaving the car or truck on a driveway, street curb or even inside your own garage.
Abbott says that anyone with information can contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at 269-657-3101, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-342-7867, Silent Observer at 269-343-2100, or your local Police Department.
There was no immediate indication of the overall value o or nature of the items stolen in the Friday the 13th raid.