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Officers urge citizens to stop leaving vehicles unattended

MABTON - Last Tuesday while getting ready for work, a Mabton resident watched as her car was driven away from the home.

Law enforcement officials say a 1997 two-door Honda Civic was taken from the 100 block of Pine Street while being warmed up. Officers estimate a $3,500 monetary loss and say there is currently no suspect information.

"I want to remind Mabton citizens to not leave vehicles unattended while they are warming up," Mabton Sergeant Cas Cedillo said.

Mabton officers have begun to ticket running, unattended vehicles.

"That's the only way people will listen to us," he added. "We're trying to avoid vehicle thefts."

In addition, a Mabton police officer last Friday made a report of stolen property. While filling a patrol car with gas, the Mabton officer noticed a wallet was missing, and went back for it. The officer reported the wallet was still there, but $1,000 in cash was missing from its contents.

Officials say they currently have no suspect information, but are actively searching for leads and are reviewing logs to determine a possible suspect.

In addition, Mabton officers last week fielded calls reporting harassment, two animal complaints, an assault report, domestic violence report and two traffic stops. Officers also provided five agency assistance requests and investigated a malicious mischief report.

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