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Culpeper Police Seek Tips after Several Cars Stolen

Posted: Updated: Jan 10, 2013 09:43 PM EST

Town of Culpeper

Culpeper Police Seek Tips on Stolen Cars

Culpeper police investigators are seeking the public's help to solve a rash of local car thefts where most of the vehicles have been recovered in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area during the last eight months.

"The thieves have been targeting older model cars," said Detective Lt. Andrew Terrill.

Six of the eight vehicles reported stolen in the last eight months have been recovered days later in Washington, D.C. and surrounding area.

A 1988 Oldsmobile stolen from the Wal-Mart parking was recovered in the Aldi's parking lot a short distance away. A 1992 Oldsmobile stolen from the downtown area in late December was recovered near the Culpeper County Sports Complex.

The fact that only one vehicle stolen from the Washington metro area has been recovered in Culpeper has local officials seeking information as to possible area suspects.

Most of the cars stolen had damaged steering columns when recovered. Culpeper police know of at least three other cases where thieves tried to steal cars from the Wal-Mart parking lot and a nearby neighborhood, also in late December. All of the vehicles stolen were 2004 or older model vehicles. Some were pick-up trucks, but most were passenger cars.

The thefts began in April and intensified in December in the 10 days leading up to Christmas. Although police have a few leads, they need the public's help solving these thefts.

"We ask that people be aware of suspicious circumstances and call the police immediately," said Terrill.

To aid in solving these thefts, the H.E.A.T (Help Eliminate Auto Theft) program administered by the Virginia State, will pay up to a $25,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest and recovery of a stolen vehicle or parts. The tipsters don't have to testify in court to receive the reward.

For more information about the H.E.A.T. program or submit a tip visit the website at www.heatreward.com of call 1-800-947-HEAT. Callers may also contact Crime Solvers at 540-727-0300 or contact Culpeper Police Detective Sgt. Jeff Dodson at 540-829-5526.

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