Arkansas City Police Department sent officers knocking on doors this week after an uptick in car thefts, especially with unlocked cars.
The department distributed flyers and talked to residents about the importance of the “9pm routine” of locking the doors to the house and cars.
“We have documented the loss of handguns, purses & wallets (to include money-debit cards-checks-identification), sunglasses, backpacks, laptops, the list goes on and on. In one instance, a very sentimental figurine was taken which has little resale or trade value but has enormous personal value ,” a Facebook post by ACPD reads.
Cindy Stephens is the rightful owner to the figurine mentioned, which was a “heart of gold” angel ornament she kept around her rearview mirror. The angel was a gift to her after the passing of her son, John Mussleman, who she lost to suicide in 2007.
“My son didn’t give it to me, but it’s just another reminder that he’s there,” Stephens said.
Stephens car was actually hit twice in the matter of a week. After the first time last Thursday night or Friday morning, the angel figure was left on the floor of her car. The second time on Tuesday, the angel was taken.
“It takes a piece of you when somebody’s violated you,” Stephens said.
Stephens reiterated what the ACPD said: it is of little resale or trade value but means very much to her. She has a similar figurine displayed in her house she’s holding onto in the meantime.
If you see the heart of gold angel figurine, Stephens asks you to please return it to the Ark City Police Department.
According to the ACPD, the most saturated area for the car thieves stretches from Madison Avenue north to the area of Kansas Avenue on the west side of Summit Street.
“You will never be bothering us and please don’t think, ‘Well they didn’t get anything so I really don’t need to call.’ On the contrary, we need to track where and when thieves have surfaced,” ACPD’s Facebook post reads.
You can reach Ark City Police Department at (620) 441-4444.