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Quincy residents say car thefts not a priority for police

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Vehicle broken into and stolen recently. Vehicle broken into and stolen recently.
Hills son's 1994 Geo Tracker was stolen but later found. Hills son's 1994 Geo Tracker was stolen but later found.
Speakers were removed from the car. Speakers were removed from the car.
Beebe's 2013 Mazda CX9 was also stolen. Beebe's 2013 Mazda CX9 was also stolen.
Hills also shared her story on Facebook to help find the car. Hills also shared her story on Facebook to help find the car.
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Recent car theft victims claimed on Tuesday that police told them their cases were not a priority, so victims are taking matters into their own hands.

Sherry Hills said her son's car was stolen while he was at school in Quincy on Friday. After posting about the missing car on Facebook, someone spotted it an apartment complex.

"He's making the payments, and no matter what he would still have to make the payments, if even the car didn't get returned to them, because we only had liability insurance." Hills said.

While Hills is grateful to have it back, she said multiple items were taken. She claims Quincy Police told her lack of staff and money prevents them from really pursuing the case.

"I'm not downplaying the police at all, because they did what they could do because their hands are tied and everything," Hills said. "But with the budget cuts, they're basically saying it was a victimless crime because we did get the car back."

Friday morning, when Cheryl Beebe walked out to her driveway, she found that her 2013 Mazda CX9 was missing.

"It felt like I was in a dream." Beebe said. "I really couldn't believe it. I had to look three or four times to make sure it wasn't there. And then I just started crying thinking what am I going to do?"

Beebe also took to Facebook, and 671 people have shared her post. But, so far, they don't have any leads.
 
"If it was in Quincy someone would have seen it and reported it to the police." Beebe said. "But we haven't had any sightings at all. We're probably thinking it's out of town somewhere, and I'll probably never see it again."

Lt. Jeff Nevin said Tuesday evening that the budget cuts don’t stop them from investigating car thefts. He said typically, QPD uses the initial officer in a case like this and they usually don’t send investigators.

Nevin said officers on duty do the investigating themselves. He said many people leave spare keys in their cars and they shouldn’t do so.

Meanwhile, Hills said she's now talking with local businesses, hoping to get surveillance video of the crime to find the thief.

UPDATE: Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley posted the following statement on the QPD Facebook page:

In light of statements made in a news story tonight on WGEM regarding vehicle thefts, it is necessary to make this statement. All crimes are a priority to the Quincy Police Department. Some crimes are more difficult than others to investigate and take longer to resolve. Unfortunately, some crimes are never solved. Regardless, I expect every officer of our department to to fully investigate crimes reported to them. To the extent that any of our officers have made comments to the contrary, I go on the record to correct that. I apologize for any concern this may have created. If, in fact, these specific crimes have not been adequately investigated, they will be remedied. In addition, any lack of action on the part of one or more of our officers will be dealt with accordingly, as will any excuses made for a lack of action. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Below are car theft statistics released by the FBI:

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