OPD Urges Against Unattended Running Vehicles 10/28/13
Odessa Police Department
ODESSA - It’s that time of year when nights are cooler, the mornings are dark and motorists are “warming up” their vehicles. This also the time that car thieves are running rampant. The Odessa Police Department has made several reports in the past month concerning stolen vehicles.
The majority of those stolen vehicles are a result of vehicles left unattended with the engine running. In most cases the vehicles are recovered a short time later. It appears that the thieves are driving around specifically targeting vehicles that have keys in the ignition and left running unattended.
The Odessa Police Department would like to remind citizens that it is against the law to leave your keys in the ignition and or running unattended. Violators will be issued a citation with fines not to exceed $500.00. Citizens are asked to report any suspicious vehicles driving around in your neighborhood or suspicious person(s) normally not seen in your neighborhood or apartment complex.
Anyone with information that may lead to the identity of individuals involved in stealing vehicles are asked to notify the Odessa Police Department at 432-333-3641 or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS.