One arrest made in vehicle thefts

Thanks to a cooperative effort between the Lovell and Powell Police Departments one arrest has been made of a woman accused of a string of opportunistic thefts from vehicles parked in Lovell and Powell.

Lori Ann Viarengo, 33, of Powell was arrested on Thursday after being observed by an off-duty police officer getting into one vehicle and leaving in another. Powell police found an estimated $5,000 worth of items they suspect were stolen including cash, credit cards, check books, computers, cell phones and even a few navigation systems in a storage locker and at two residences connected to Viarengo . She also matches the description of one of the suspects in the crime spree. The other suspect has not been arrested.

According to Lovell Police Chief Nick Lewis, items of value such as purses, iPods, computers, and more were stolen from at least 12 unlocked vehicles in the Lovell High School parking lot last week. The Powell Police had numerous reports of similar items stolen from unlocked vehicles in the parking lots of both Northwest College and Powell High School.

“This was a crime of opportunity,” said Lewis. “The person arrested has already admitted that she took items only from unlocked cars. No forced entry was involved that we know of.”

School resource officer Randy Davis shared leads he had on two possible suspects with the Powell Police Dept. last week and the Powell Police Dept. took the investigation one step further when they found stolen items in a storage unit and at two different residences in Powell.

“Some items will never be returned like wallets and purses that were discarded after the contents were removed, but a good portion of the items were recovered,” said Lewis. “The lesson here is to not leave valuable items in an unlocked car.”

By Patti Carpenter