The Brazil City Police is asking the public to keep their keys out of parked cars and their eyes peeled for two of three recently stolen vehicles.
"We've had a small rash of stolen vehicles in the past few days around the city," Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison told The Brazil Times Thursday afternoon. "We recovered one earlier today, but still have two to locate."
In all three cases, according to Harrison, owners had left the keys in the ignition of their vehicle.
"We always emphasize to people to never, even if parked at home, never leave the keys in a vehicle," Harrison said. "Don't leave the keys in a car or leave it running anywhere unattended."
A Mercury Cougar, which was stolen from an area near 302 N. Forest Ave., sometime Tuesday night, was recovered in a wooded area near Turner Thursday morning.
Harrison said a Bobcat had to be used to pull the vehicle out of the wooded area, but the vehicle appeared to have sustained only minor damage.
Officials are asking for the public to report any information about individuals involved in these thefts, or the location of the two other vehicles that were stolen sometime Wednesday night or Thursday morning, including,
* a 1992 white Ford Aerostar, plate number 218ABS, was stolen from an area near 625 W. Knight St., and
* a 1989 brown Jeep Cherokee, plate number IX8696, was stolen from an area near 18 W. Maple St.
If someone locates one of these vehicles, Harrison said the Brazil City Police Department should be contacted as soon as possible with the address. If a person can identify the vehicle while it is being driven on a roadway, Harrison said 911 can be contacted as to the location, but the driver of the stolen vehicle should not be approached.
"We don't know who we are dealing with here," Harrison said. "Criminals steal cars for many reasons, for the thrill or fun of it to parting out the vehicle for the money. People need to avoid confrontation in this type of circumstance."
If a person becomes a victim of car theft, police officers need all available information about the stolen vehicle, including the year, make and model, color and plate number.
"The more information we have the better for the investigation," Harrison said.
To report information about this case, or any other, contact the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211.