Hamilton Police Service (HPS) would like to remind all vehicle owners that the number one theft deterrent for an automobile is to remove the keys. In the past 48-hours, police have received two reports involving automobile vehicle thefts that were stolen when the owner’s left the vehicles unattended with the keys inside.
The first incident happened on September 4 2019 after 22:00, a pizza delivery driver attended a residence in the area on Winona Road and Highway 8 for a delivery. While the driver was standing at the doorway interacting with the customer, he heard a noise. He turned around quickly to see a male figure entering his vehicle and then immediately driving off. The keys to the 2007 Mazda 3 sedan were inside the vehicle at the time. The twist? The homeowner didn’t order a pizza that night. The vehicle was recovered on September 6 2019 shortly before 04:00.
The second incident took place on September 5 2019. Shortly after 21:00, police were called to the area of Lockport Way and North Service Road for another report of a stolen auto. While on scene, police spoke with the complainant who advised that he was also delivering a pizza to a residence. Just like the first incident, the delivery person was at the door speaking to the alleged customer while the vehicle thief entered the 2018 Hyundai Tuscon. The delivery driver turned around just in time to watch his vehicle being driven away. The keys were also left inside this vehicle.
Hamilton Police Service (HPS) says that they are continuing to investigate these two incidents, but there’s no evidence at this time to confirm they are related despite the similarities. They would also like to remind all vehicle owners to remove their keys if they know the vehicle will be unattended.
If you have any information that you believe could assist police, you are asked to call Detective Rizzo at (905) 546-2920. You can also provide information anonymously to Crime Stoppers on the phone at 1 (800) 222-8477 or on their website at www.CrimeStoppersHamilton.com.