BREWER — According to the Brewer Police Department, auto thefts are on the rise in some Brewer neighborhoods.
“Auto thefts are higher than normal lately,” said Brewer Director of Public Safety Jason Moffitt.
With these types of thefts on the rise, Brewer resident Karen Sites said her car was recently stolen from her driveway.
“A week and a half ago on Saturday morning, I came outside to bring my daughter to dance class and the car was just gone, there was no real evidence that it was even there, it was just gone,” she said.
She said the thief also stole another white car just two blocks from her residence and the case still remains unsolved.
“We noticed we have another car, we had some stuff taken out of it as well, it’s been a week and a half and they have no leads on where it is,” said Sites.
The missing car is a 2020 Kia Soul license plate number 1568xm. If you do see it, please contact the Brewer Police Department.
Another Brewer resident, Sean Flynn, was nearly a victim of auto theft, but caught the criminal in action.
“By the time I got downstairs, I noticed that individual has entered a vehicle and has started it,” said Flymm. “I know their intent was to take off with it, but it was not stolen.”
He said the next step was to report it to police officers.
“The officer that showed up on scene had just released that individual from a theft that happened before that and issued a hand full of summons for petty theft,” said Flynn.
Moffitt reminds people to stay safe by locking our vehicle’s doors.
“Don’t leave your keys in the vehicle,” he said. “99% of the time people do leave their keys in the vehicle, that’s why they become a victim of stolen vehicle theft, 99% of the time people do leave their keys in and that’s why their car was stolen,”said Moffitt.