- Two men accused of selling meth to undercover cop (6/22/17)
- Former Cape cop faces stealing-by-deceit charge (6/18/17)3
- Jackson scores high in survey of residents; better streets, Aldi are high priorities (6/20/17)4
- Marble Hill mayor hires city manager without board approval (6/21/17)2
- Police: Man grabbed wheel, tried to kill driver and himself in Jackson crash (6/23/17)
- Cape man faces charges of victim tampering (6/18/17)
- Police: Cape abduction may have ties to Georgia homicide (6/18/17)5
- 3 drown in Southeast Missouri in three days (6/16/17)
- Library provides free lunches this summer (6/19/17)
- Fire destroys two greenhouses at Travelers Gazebo site in Cape (6/22/17)
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.