By Natalie Johnson / firstname.lastname@example.org
Between Wednesday and Friday mornings this week, seven vehicles were reported stolen within Centralia city limits and another two from the rural Centralia area — most of them Hondas — in addition to three sets of wheels and tires taken off parked cars and several vehicle prowls.
Sgt. Buddy Croy, with the Centralia Police Department, said investigators believe the vehicle thefts are connected, but are unsure if those suspects are also to blame for the thefts of wheels and tires and car prowls.
“We’re utilizing our JNET (Joint Narcotic Enforcement Team) sources,” he said. “We haven’t gotten any positive identification.”
On Wednesday morning, three sets of wheels and tires were reported stolen from parked vehicles in the downtown and Edison district areas of Centralia.
The first report came in at 9:13 a.m. on Wednesday, when a set of vehicle wheels and tires were reported stolen from the 100 block of South Railroad Avenue.
At 9:15 a.m., a second set of wheels and tires were reported stolen from a parked vehicle in the 600 block of K Street.
At 9:47 a.m. Wednesday, another set of wheels and tires was stolen from a parked vehicle in the 300 block of North Iron Street.
No suspect information was available for any of the thefts and all are under investigation.
“It’s too coincidental that there were three sets stolen in one night,” Croy said. The wheels and tires came from Hondas and a Volkswagen, he said.
Four vehicles were also reported stolen between Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
At 11:01 a.m. on Wednesday, a brown and beige 1988 Ford truck was reported stolen from a parking lot in the 300 block of East Van Buren Street.
At 9:39 p.m. Wednesday, a red 1990 Honda Civic was reported stolen in the 1700 block of Kresky Avenue.
At 10:09 p.m. on Wednesday, deputies from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a theft of a 1992 Honda Accord in the 1000 block of Big Hanaford Road. The vehicle was left unlocked with the keys inside.
Another vehicle — a grey 1993 Dodge Dakota truck — was reported stolen at 6:57 a.m. Thursday in the 1100 block of Scammon Creek Road.
At 6:58 a.m. Thursday, a gold 1996 Honda Accord was reported stolen in the 900 block of South Pearl Street overnight.
Then at 4:05 p.m., a silver 1997 Honda Accord was reported stolen at the intersection of Pear and Washington streets.
At 7:31 p.m. Thursday, the sheriff’s office received a report that a 1994 Honda Accord was stolen in the 3000 block of Ives Road in Centralia.
Early Friday, police recovered the vehicle previously reported stolen from Big Hanaford Road at 12:06 a.m. at the intersection of Locust and Washington streets and at 12:48 a.m. at the intersection of Rock Street and Centralia College Boulevard. The cars were abandoned in parking lots.
Another Honda Civic was reported stolen at 7:10 a.m. Friday in the 300 block of South Buckner Street.
Several vehicle prowls were also reported — the first at 11:33 a.m. Wednesday in the 1100 block of F Street. Numerous items were reported stolen from a vehicle overnight.
The second vehicle prowl was reported at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday in the 1000 block of E Street. Items were taken from an unlocked vehicle.
At 10:45 a.m. Thursday, another vehicle prowl was reported in the 400 block of West Sixth Street in Centralia. A wallet including identification and bank cards was stolen.