- Cape teacher accused of assaulting student at football game (10/23/16)41
- Pedestrian killed during traffic collision on I-55 (10/23/16)9
- Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter faces challenge from criminal investigator Wes Drury (10/21/16)9
- 18-year-old killed in one-car crash Thursday morning (10/21/16)1
- One issue reveals Clinton's character (10/25/16)17
- Man arrested after dispute at school spurs brief lockdown (10/21/16)6
- One victim IDs his attacker in shooting that killed woman (10/25/16)1
- 'I feel for them' (10/20/16)1
- Hundreds turn out for VintageNOW fundraiser (10/23/16)3
- R.P. Lumber chain buys Southeast Missouri Builders Supply in Cape (10/25/16)7
Parked patrol cars no longer effective
Cape Girardeau's police chief, Steve Strong, has wisely decided to end the practice of leaving out-of-service patrol cars parked at the city limits.
Of course, it was the only possible decision after someone stole two shotguns from police cars -- one parked at the Missouri Veterans Home and the other at Ford's Custom Bikes, both on North Kingshighway.
There probably wasn't a person in town who didn't know those police cars carefully pointed toward U.S. 61 from the Veterans Home parking lot were issued to officers living in Jackson, Mo., and were unoccupied. They were the perfect target for thieves, who used a tool known as a slim jim to unlock the doors. The guns -- Remington 870 12-gauge shotguns -- were in the trunks.
Before the week was out, three people had been arrested and the guns were recovered.