JONESBORO — A surge in recent vehicle thefts in Jonesboro is prompting local authorities and residents to be on high alert.
In one incident on September 9 between 3:55 a.m. and 4:55 a.m. on the 2200-block of E. Johnson Avenue, a good samaritan’s act turned awry. The victim, after offering a suspect a ride, paused at a gas station. Seizing the opportunity, the suspect commandeered the white 2006 Toyota Solara. The vehicle was later discovered on September 10 in Southaven, Mississippi, albeit in a damaged state.
A separate theft incident transpired on the same day between 1:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. at a hotel located on the 2400-block of Phillips Drive. Thieves made away with a pristine white 2020 Dodge Charger, valued at a hefty $56,000, from the hotel’s parking premises.
Intriguingly, this wasn’t the sole theft on Phillips Drive. Spanning September 7 to September 9, a blue Dodge Charger was reportedly stolen after its window was shattered on the 2400-block. The resemblance of the incidents has spurred suspicions of a link between the two thefts.
Jonesboro wasn’t done with its weekend string of vehicular crimes. Over the weekend, specifically between 6 p.m. on September 9 and 8 a.m. on September 10 at the 2100-block of Cherry Hill CV, a thief or thieves swiped a 2011 Green Polaris SXE four-wheeler. Featuring front end damage to its fender/frame and a distinctive custom black back rack, the owner assessed its value at approximately $4,500.
Local authorities are urging residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities. Anyone with information about these crimes or related incidents is fervently asked to contact the police. Your crucial tip could not only solve a case but potentially safeguard others from becoming victims.