Mott residents fall victim to thefts

Some residents awoke Thursday, September 11 to missing property.

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Posted September 19, 2014

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

Some residents awoke Thursday, September 11 to missing property.

The previous evening and into the morning there as a string of property thefts throughout the community.

According to the Hettinger County Sheriff’s department, multiple vehicles were entered. Deputy Josh Bullinger said they couldn’t be classified as break-ins because all of the vehicles entered were unlocked.

Among the items stolen, Bullinger said included stereo equipment, tools and various loose property inside the autos.

Only one of the vehicles suffered damage, where the stereo was stolen out of the car.

So what can you do to protect yourself and your property? According to Bullinger, lock your vehicles.

“Lock your vehicles if you’re not using them, especially if they’re just parked in your driveway overnight, or parked anywhere for that matter,” Bullinger said.

The majority of the thefts was property stolen from vehicles, but one unlocked garage was entered.

Bullinger also said the incidents appear to be just in the Mott area.

“As far as we know at this time it was confined to the Mott area,” Bullinger said.

They couldn’t give any details but the department does have a couple of suspects.

Bullinger reiterated the importance of locking your property, and said residents can contact the department if they think they might have missing or tampered property.

“Yeah absolutely, if anybody is ever missing anything or they assume or suspect that somebody was tampering with any of their property call us immediately,” Bullinger said. “Can’t stress the point enough, houses and vehicles should be getting locked at all times.”

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