Keep potential stolen items out of view
by Courtney Warren
Aug 08, 2014 | 1823 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With football season fast approaching and barbecues still in full swing, many tailgating items have been stolen from cars and carports in the past few weeks.

Kyle Sibley, DSU student said, "I had a 45 quart brown Yeti (cooler) stolen from under my carport that is not enclosed. I discovered it stolen yesterday afternoon while grilling out in my carport. It could have been stolen any day from last Monday till yesterday.

"I called Cleveland PD and they came by and got a report. No suspicious activity to my knowledge. The cooler had my name written in paint marker on the front with an Ole Miss sticker on back in cursive writing."

Cleveland Police Chief Buster Bingham said residents need to be wary of items left out in the open.

"Anything that you have that can be readily grabbed and taken away doesn’t need to be left in the back of your truck. However, with that being said, some of these had a cable on these coolers and were locked in their truck and the cables were cut."

Bingham added that even if vehicles are locked, a burglar might see something they want and break the window.

In regards to items left in open carports, Bingham said, "If it could it be seen from the street if someone drives by, then it has the potential to be stolen. People need to think 'What do I have under my carport that someone could spot or see?' You’ve got to secure your valuables. If you don’t have a garage door, but have the ability to have one installed, that's an option to look at."

To report any stolen items or suspicious activity contact Bolivar County CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or the Cleveland Police Department at 843-3611.