Thieves in the Idlewood Acres West neighborhood of Tucker now seem to be stealing cars rather than their content.
A brand new car was taken from a resident's driveway early Christmas Eve, according to neighbor Pam Frain. "His car is one of the new types that start using a remote control. He had the remote and doesn't know how the thief was able to steal the car," Frain said in an email.
The theft took place sometimg between 2 and 8 a.m. "There were skid marks in front of his driveway as if the thief had peeled out. He (the car owner) asked if we'd seen or heard anything but we hadn't," Frain said.
Crimemapping reported another vehicle theft in the same area last week. In recent months there have been multiple reported break-ins of cars, with thieves mostly helping themselves to electronic devices. "From the two stolen vehicles it appears the thieves are now stealing cars instead of just taking things from them," said resident Pat Nacker in another email.
Another potential theft nearby was foiled by an alert resident on Dec. 23. "My next door neighbor in Drayton Woods happened to be awake at 3 a.m. when she noticed the motion light come on under the carport," said Jan Mixon. "She looked out and saw a black teenager shining a flashlight in her husband’s car. She banged on the window and yelled out! At that point, the would-be thief took off running."