Neighbors react to car thefts

Residents say the area near Coyne Center, Illinois is normally quiet

COYNE CENTER, Ill. - Six cars were stolen from a small community in a matter of hours. As of Friday, there's no sign of the people who snagged them.

They were taken from a neighborhood in rural Rock Island County. That happened just south of Coyne Center, Illinois.

Authorities say the stolen cars were all unlocked with the keys inside. According to police, this comes amid a huge increase in car thefts over the last year.

Neighbors say they live in such a quiet neighborhood, they never expected anything like this to happen, and it's taught them maybe people aren't as trustworthy as they think. 

"I knew something wasn't right. I just didn't know what it was until everybody kept calling this morning," said Michelle moon, who lives in the neighborhood where the cars were stolen. 

Rock Island County Sheriff's deputies say the thieves took unlocked cars with the keys inside. They broke into many others.

Katharine Wuehle says the incident will make her a little more careful about locking her vehicle. 

"I used to have a truck and I never locked it, and I always left the keys in it, but I won't do it again!" Wuehle said. 

Neighbors say they never expected something like this to happen where they live. Moon had a bad feeling when she went to let her dog out, and that's when she saw the thieves take her neighbor's car. 

"Moments before, I did see the white truck speed off, and then later this morning I found out that it was stolen. So when I saw it speed off, I'm assuming it was not the neighbors in the truck," Moon said. 

She's not the only one who noticed the thefts: Pat Cox lives right inside the entrance to the neighborhood, close to where the thieves left a stolen Cadillac. 

"All of the sudden I heard what sounded like five horns, five honks, and I thought, 'What is going on?'" Cox said. She then heard the thieves drive off in a truck. 

Cox says she's getting a security alarm for her driveway. Other neighbors say they're going to stop being so trusting and start locking their cars.

"Clean up your act. Get it together. Leave people alone," Wuehle said as a message to the thieves. 

Though some cars were taken from driveways, authorities also say one was taken from inside a garage. 


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