Living in a small town, people will leave their houses unlocked, windows open, and sometimes even leave their keys in their car. In Sterling, people think that nothing will happen here and they don’t think anything about their property getting stolen. The story is different for senior Lucas Briar.
He has lived in Sterling his whole life. His truck was stolen early Sunday, October 29th.
“My mom came in and woke me up to tell me the news. At first I didn’t believe her, but then after reality set in, I was really mad,” Briar said.
Soon after learning the truck had been stolen, Briar’s mother, Darci Briar, quickly posted the information on Facebook. The post blew up, getting more than 323 shares in a matter of hours.
“I think that the lady that called 911 may have seen it on Facebook,” Lucas Briar said.
The truck disappeared early Oct. 29th, and was found late Oct. 30th in Hutchinson. There was no physical damage done to the truck, but there were a few things stolen from inside the truck.
“They stole my FBLA nametag, my garage door opener, two dollars, and the keys,” Briar said.
Briar lucked out because there also was over $1,000 worth of golf equipment in the bed of the truck, none of which was stolen.
Briar’s parents drove to Hutchinson at 11 p.m. Oct. 30th to get the truck.
When they got the truck back, the Briars found the thieves had kept the keys with them.
“We were going to get my truck rekeyed so that way they couldn’t steal it again, but then officer Tommer found them while looking at where my truck was,” Briar said.
After getting his truck back, Briar had mixed feeling about it.
“It was sort of weird getting my truck back knowing that somebody else had been driving it, and it smelled like smoke. I don’t like that. But it was also nice knowing that they didn’t steal any of my golf equipment,” he said.
Others in the community used this event as a wake-up call to start taking their keys out of their vehicles and locking it.
“Whenever I heard that Lucas got his truck stolen I think that it was kind of like a reminder to always lock your car and be careful because this can happen even in a small town,” senior Mardee Thompson said.
This didn’t just changes the minds of fellow classmates, but adults as well.
“I think sometimes you have to protect yourself and say ‘lock your stuff up if you really want to protect it.’ Then take the time to lock things up or put it some place that people won’t find it,” Family and Consumer Science teacher, Carol Prather, said.