LCSO: Same suspect believed responsible for two vehicle thefts

One of two pickup trucks stolen Saturday in the Moss Hill area has been recovered but the second is still missing, according to Capt. Ken DeFoor, spokesperson for the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.

The recovered vehicle was found behind some old oil storage tanks on a property off of CR 2094. The vehicle was stolen from a property on the 2200 block of SH 105 east of Moss Hill.

“There was another couple out looking for their stolen truck Saturday. They had a 2018 silver and gold King Ranch F-350 and were trying to find it,” DeFoor said. “In the process of that, a citizen told them they saw another truck drive down CR 2094. That’s when the first stolen vehicle was discovered.”

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A purse belonging to the owners of the second stolen vehicle was found inside the recovered truck, leading law enforcement to believe the two thefts were committed by the same individual.

The second vehicle has not been recovered as of Monday afternoon.

DeFoor offered some tips to avoid being a victim of vehicle theft.

“First, don’t leave your keys in the vehicle like some of these people did. So many people think we are in a little remote area and no one is going to do this, but they do,” he said.

In addition to locking the doors, valuables should be removed from the vehicle at night, he said.

“Even if you lock your vehicle, smart thieves can get inside. The second vehicle stolen was parked right beside the owner’s back porch, so having good lighting isn’t always a deterrent, but park in a lighted area if you can,” DeFoor said. “Invest in an alarm system that alerts you on your cell phone, not just the vehicle. Get a camera system. A game camera is relatively expensive and works well.”

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