Local law enforcement officials note recent activity, remind all to lock vehicles

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Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens said his deputies investigated four domestic violence calls over the New Year holiday. Of the four calls, three arrests were made, and the last call is currently being investigated for possible charges.

The Batesville Police Department reported an unknown person’s vehicle struck a 2001 Chevy Silverado on the Kroger parking lot on Monday and left the scene without making contact with anyone. Damage to the Silverado was estimated at $800.

Police also reported a bicycle was stolen sometime between 11 p.m. Monday and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday from a residence on 7th Street in Batesville.

Also, there were three motor vehicle accidents investigated by Batesville Police between Monday and Wednesday. Two occupants from one of the crashes were transported to the hospital. The seriousness of their injuries was not reported.

And Batesville Police officials say they are finding some people are still leaving their vehicles unlocked when not in use.

An investigator said in one case, a man had left his vehicle unlocked, and someone stole a gun from the vehicle. After an investigation, the gun was recovered by police.

Days after that incident, the same person again left a vehicle unlocked, and two guns were stolen.

To date, those two guns have not been recovered.

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