SILVERTON – Law enforcement authorities are cautioning residents and visitors throughout the region to lock their cars, following a car theft in Silverton earlier this week.
The car, a Subaru, was parked in front of its owner’s residence in Silverton when it was stolen. The car was unlocked and the keys were inside it, according to San Juan County Sheriff Department dispatcher Melody Skinner.
“There is some speculation that there is an auto theft ring going on to the south of us,” Skinner said. “We are telling people to be cautious. Don’t leave your keys in the car. Don’t be the path of least resistance.”
Authorities have no leads on the car theft so far, Skinner said. Sheriff’s deputies searched the county yesterday and did not find any clues or evidence.
“We used to have a lot of thefts from trail heads,” Skinner noted. “You don’t know who’s operating your area. The point is, don’t be the easy mark.”
Another car which had been reported missing in Silverton earlier this week turns out to have been misplaced by someone who was intoxicated, Skinner reported.