Campbell County Sheriff's Office investigating a series of car thefts

Sheriff's office says the doors were unlocked, and keys were left in cars

By Magdala Louissaint

CAMPBELL Co., Va - The Campbell County Sheriff's Office is investigating a series of car thefts. Deputies say at least six different cars have been stolen. Within the past week, they've received at least four different reports of stolen cars.

"They probably do have a specific area in mind when they're targeting these vehicles,” said Major L.T. Guthrie, with Campbell County Sheriff's Office.

Since Aug. 28, six vehicles have been stolen from homes in Rustburg, Lynchburg and Evington. 

“They all have had the keys left in them and they're unlocked. So that's a common theme among all the thefts,” Guthrie said.

Law enforcement says it needs the public's help. The stolen cars include:

A white 1996 Honda Accord, with a black bumper and Virginia plate numbers WVT 6640 was stolen from the Timberlake area  Sept. 1.

A black 2012 Ford Escape was stolen from a subdivision near Russell Springs on Sept. 8. The car has black wheels and Virginia plates XHS 1468

A black 2016 Kia Optima, with Maine plates 1981 NW was also stolen Sept. 8 and like the Ford Escape, it was taken near the Russell Springs area.

And finally, a white 2000 Ford Ranger XLT was stolen on Sunday in Evington.

The Ranger has white fenders, no bug shield, and the running boards are black, not chrome, with Virginia plate 7160 PF.

"Some of these thefts could be related. There's a possibility that some of them are not related. But we do believe that some of them are related,” Guthrie said.

Deputies have recovered at least two of the six cars. 

If you have any information about these cases, please contact the main number of the Campbell County Sheriff's Office at 434-592-9580, Maj. L.T. Guthrie at 434-332-9700, or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

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