- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)46
- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)32
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)3
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
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.