On Monday evening at 6 p.m., a Blue Springs man parked his Ford F-250 with a box trailer in a parking lot at 1441 S.E. Adams Dairy Parkway so he could play some softball.

On Monday evening at 6 p.m., a Blue Springs man parked his Ford F-250 with a box trailer in a parking lot at 1441 S.E. Adams Dairy Parkway so he could play some softball.

Inside the trailer was an industrial lawnmower valued at about $7,000. Some tools, too.

When he came back at 7:30 p.m., all $42,304 of it was gone.

While it was the only vehicle theft reported Monday, Blue Springs police are experiencing what is typical around this time of year: vehicle break-ins and some theft.

“This happens every spring,” Troy Pharr, spokesperson for the department, said Tuesday. “It’s typical in May.”

Typical or not, residents throughout the city have risen from their beds, readied themselves for work and have gone outside to see windows smashed in and items inside stolen.

On May 13, seven people reported smashed windows, three of those incidents occurring in the 2000 block of Harbor Place and two along the 200 block of R.D. Mize Road.

On May 14, someone broke out car windows on 11th Street, R.D. Mize Road, Sunset Avenue, U.S. 40, and Pennington Lane.

Related?

It’s hard to tell, Pharr said, but police are investigating.

On Monday, The Examiner received an e-mail from a man who said he believes there is a person, or group of persons, who scout the city for Ford F-150 trucks. The man described going to St. Mary’s Medical Center during the afternoon on Easter Sunday to visit a patient. He returned to find the window of his F-150 punched out and items inside missing.

When he returned to the city a few days later, it happened again.

“You also hit another Ford F-150 truck owner a few parking spots down from mine,” the man wrote.

Upon reviewing the e-mail, Pharr confirmed that vandals and thieves have been targeting F-150s throughout the city.

“Someone likes that truck,” Pharr said of the F-150.

Those responsible for the vandalism and subsequent thefts are not committing the acts during a specific time. In some cases, they are committing the acts in broad daylight.

One vehicle was broken into in the parking lot of St. Mary’s at about 8 a.m. Other police reports show break-ins in late morning, some in the early afternoon.

“That takes guts,” Pharr said.

To address the situation, Pharr said police are conducting surveillance in several locations throughout the city. Much like when vehicles were being broken into at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center two years ago, police are sitting in unmarked cars in various locations throughout the city. That was how police apprehended vandals at Burr Oak – catching them in the act.

“We’re doing what we can,” Pharr said.

In the meantime, police stress what they have stressed several times in the past: remove all items (especially GPS units, lap tops and electronics) from inside your vehicle – especially at night; lock all doors; and, if possible, park where there is light.