Facebook groups flooded with auto thefts

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Groups all over Facebook are flooded with recent posts of car thefts across the Wichita area, especially in the last couple of weeks. 

Bren Ottaway says he noticed some suspicious activity on his property just a day before his truck was stolen early Tuesday morning.

"I'm glad I have my cameras, at least I have something to show the police and maybe that will help me get it back." 

The Wichita Police Department wants to remind people to take the keys out of the ignition, lock your doors and try to invest in a camera system.

"Just in case if we can get a clothing description, a facial of the person, something to put out there where we have a suspect and tie him in," says Lt. Scott Brunow with the Wichita Police Department. 

Brunow says five cars were stolen in October because the owner left them running due to the cold weather. But he says car thefts are actually down in Wichita.

“In the city of Wichita, auto thefts are down 15%, year to date from last year which is good, but we're still over 1,900 cars that have been reported stolen."

If you recognize any of these vehicles you're asked to call Crime Stoppers are 316-267-2111. 

Ottaway, like so many others, is just hopeful social media will help him track down his vehicle. 

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have pictures to share with us? Email them to news@kake.com.


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