Car thieves targeting Buckhannon

A series of summer car thefts in Buckhannon has prompted police to warn residents to never leave their keys inside their vehicles.

Police Chief Matt Gregory said the Buckhannon Police Department has investigated six reports of stolen cars since June, including three in the past week. He said the keys were typically left inside the vehicle.

Gregory said about half of the vehicles were reported missing from the central part of town, another was taken from the Microtel and one from Camden Avenue. The thefts appear to have all occurred during the early morning hours, the chief said.

All but one of the vehicles were recovered within a few days, but having damage indicative of reckless driving. The still-missing vehicle was reportedly stolen Wednesday.

Gregory said no particular type of vehicle is being targeted, only those left unlocked or having the keys left inside the car.

He said Thursday afternoon that he believes the incident to be “possibly related.

“We have a couple of leads,” Gregory said.

The police department is asking residents to lock their car doors and to never leave the keys inside the vehicle. Valuables also should not be left inside the vehicle.

“It minimizes the opportunity of being the victim of a theft,” Gregory said.

Those having information on these incidents are asked to call the Buckhannon Police Department at 304-472-5723 or the department’s tip line at 304-473-1001. Information can also be sent to the department’s website,