‘This doesn’t happen in our area’: Clark Co. residents asked to be aware as local car thefts increase

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CLARK COUNTY, Il (WTWO/WAWV) — Authorities in Clark County are asking residents to be aware as the area is seeing an increase in auto thefts.

One such theft happened last week at a gas station in West Union, Illinois. Clark County Sheriff Bill Brown said a mustang was stolen from a gas pump.

A few days later, the sportscar was found abandoned behind Kohl’s in Terre Haute with it’s original plates missing. Brown said most vehicles recently stolen have had keys left inside or have been left running.

“It’s something we need folks to take awareness out to folks, hide the valuables, don’t leave computers and phones, and things for people to see. Don’t leave cash out. That’s just a temptation to people to try and gain entry into your car,” Brown said. “Lock it up.”

One of Clark County’s multiple unsolved car thefts include Cindy Ewing and her family’s truck, which was stolen after the steering column was damaged.

“It’s scary it’s happening here in Marshall because we don’t typically get that kind of stuff going on around here,” Ewing said. “It’s definitely scary.”

While the Ewing’s truck was later recovered, there hasn’t been an arrest made yet.

“We hope it stops immediately,” Ewing added. “Hopefully they can get it stopped soon so people can relax. Everyone is so uneasy.”

Brown said the department has on-going investigations into multiple cases.

“Any type of crime can be tricky to solve, but you just follow the evidence of each individual case,” Brown said. “No one is the same. I understand people want justice, but we can’t just assume.”

Three people were arrested Tuesday in connection to a vehicle theft in West Union last week.

Michael Rodriguez, 27, of Marshall was arrested for motor vehicle theft while two others – Brendon Rainbolt, 33, of Marshall, and Margo Winkler, 28, of Paris – were arrested for obstructing justice for filing a false police report.

Brown said Rainbolt and Winkler were allegedly there when the vehicle was stolen and “lied about the person who took it.”

“That definitely hampered our investigation,” Brown said.

To report information about a car theft in Clark County, call 217-826-6393. Continue following MyWabashValley.com for updates on this story.

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