The Ludowici Police Department recently added another police car to its fleet.
According to LPD Chief Robert Poppell, a 2013 Chevrolet Caprice PPV was purchased by the city with funds from a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant. The new car will be assigned to Sgt. Tony Fowler, who has been with the department for two years.
Poppell said the department also has implemented a new marking design to match the car and to give the department a more modern look.
The chief also recently took time to remind citizens to be aware of where their belongings are and to not leave them unattended.
Poppell said that last Sunday, a woman reported that someone took her driver’s license, a Navy Federal bank card and her Veterans Affairs identification card out of the console of her truck.
He said there are people who walk the streets day and night, and many are looking to take something that isn’t theirs.
“If you leave it laying around, unfortunately it is likely to be stolen,” Poppell said.
The chief said that several more bicycles have been stolen from people’s residences, and he encourages everyone to make sure that they secure them at their homes.
Poppell said that the LPD will do everything in its power to find thieves and put them in jail.
He also said that everyone needs to be careful when they purchase an item from another person.
If a person cannot show where the item came from or if the deal “sounds too good to be true,” then it probably is stolen, the chief said.
“Times are rough, and people work hard for what they have, so thefts will not be tolerated no matter how valuable or insignificant the item may be,” Poppell said.
Anyone with information on the recent thefts can call the LPD at 545-2222.