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Police report 5 overnight vehicle thefts in Rock County

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ROCK COUNTY, Wis. (WTVO) — Rock County Sheriff’s Deputies are reminding the public to remove keys and lock their vehicles after a string of motor vehicle thefts occurred late Wednesday into early Thursday morning.

Police say they were called to the 1200 block of W. Bullard Road in the Town of Porter for a theft that happened between 10 p.m. on August 7th to 5:50 a.m. on August 8th.

A suspect stole a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado from a driveway and was tracked by deputies using the victim’s OnStar GPS tracking device. Police chased the vehicle along W. Gibbs Raod and N. Wilder Road in an attempt to stop it, but the vehicle was able to get away.

Following the GPS, police say they located the vehicle abandoned on S. Dickey Road in the Town of Spring Valley some time later.

The second vehicle was stolen from a driveway in the 5600 block of N. Tuttle Road some time between 9 p.m. on Wednesday and midnight. The vehicle, a white 2010 Nissan Maxima, has not been recovered.

The third vehicle, a black 2019 Ford F150 STX pickup truck, was stolen from a driveway in the 10000 block of W. Wheeler Road between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. Thursday. This vehicle also has not been recovered.

The fourth vehicle, a blue 2000 Chevrolet Silverado C1500 pickup truck, was stolen between 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and 6:30 a.m. Thursday. It has not been found.

Police say there was an attempt on a fifth vehicle around 8:06 a.m. Thursday morning, in the 3600 block of N. Coon Island Road. The suspect apparently attempted to drive over a railroad tie located on the property and got stuck. The suspect then abandoned the vehicle.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office says that in each incident, the vehicles were left unlocked and with the ignition keys inside the vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call Rock County Communications Non-Emergency at 608-757-2244, Janesville Area Crime Stoppers at 608-756-3636, or the Beloit Area Crime Stoppers at 608-362-7463.

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