On Thursday, December 9th, the Hodgeman County Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports of auto burglaries that had occurred overnight in Jetmore and a vehicle had been stolen from a residence near the fairgrounds.
Sheriff Ron Ridley advised that all of the reported burglaries were west of Main Street and all of the vehicles entered were unlocked. Sheriff Ridley reports that at press time reports are still being made to the Sheriff’s Office as citizens realize that their vehicle had been entered.
“Money was taken from a number of vehicles and other items that were taken were primarily things that can be easily disposed of on the street. Cell phones, a computer, prescription medication and a several guns were stolen during the spree.” Sheriff Ridley stated. “Some vehicles were entered and no property was taken, even though car stereos, CDs and GPS devices were in plain view. The suspects were selective and took items they could move quickly or could use themselves.”
Additionally a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt was stolen from the 300 block of West Park during the same time period. That vehicle was also unlocked and had the keys in it. Ridley advised that the vehicle was recovered in Dodge City on Saturday mid-day and that it was not damaged.
“Based on information provided by the public we believe the crimes were committed primarily between 2AM and 4AM. We also have reason to believe that two male suspects on foot are involved and that they are in their late teens or early twenties and may not be Hodgeman County residents. We are working with other area law enforcement agencies to identify possible suspects as similar burglary sprees occurred in Meade on November 27th and Cimarron on December 1st. With the vehicle being recovered in a residential area of Dodge City, the suspects may have ties to Dodge City.”
Sheriff Ridley stressed that locking your vehicles and removing high value items from your car are keys to reducing the risk of an auto burglary. Immediately reporting suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Office is important in detecting and deterring criminal activity and anyone who might have information that could aid the investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 620-357-8391.