by Joni Astrup
Three cars were stolen Tuesday night in Elk River.
Two were taken from the same home in the 12000 block of 196th Circle. The third disappeared from a home in the 12300 block of 195th Lane.
In all three instances, the keys were in the unlocked cars, which were parked outside, according to Elk River Police Chief Brad Rolfe.
All three vehicles have been recovered.
In addition to the car thefts Tuesday night, Rolfe said numerous other unlocked vehicles in various neighborhoods were entered that night and items were taken.
“We are asking everyone whose vehicles were entered to report it to the Police Department,” he said. “Also, lock your cars and absolutely do not leave your keys in your car — ever.”
Here’s a recap of the car thefts:
•A man reported the theft of his 2004 Honda Civic after his daughter had it parked at her boyfriend’s home in the 12300 block of 195th Lane between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 1 a.m. Wednesday. At 2:49 a.m. Wednesday, the car was found abandoned on Elk Lake Road at 209th Avenue with its headlights on and a door open. The vehicle had rear end damage.
•Two vehicles — a 2013 Buick Verano and a 2013 Dodge Charger — were reported stolen at 6:59 a.m. Wednesday from the 12000 block of 196th Circle. The Charger was found about two hours later. It was crashed in the woods off a cul-de-sac in the 21600 block of Vernon Street, still running, Rolfe said. Two cars were heard racing in the area at around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, but only one was heard leaving, he said. Police weren’t notified until the Charger was found off the end of the cul-de-sac later in the morning.
The Buick was found Wednesday night in the 11300 block of 195th Avenue., where it had been driven off the road.