COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Department arrested a man and woman on suspicion of stealing from motor vehicles Tuesday.
Chrystal L. Shimek, 28, of Boone County, was arrested at 1:30 p.m. in a stolen car at 205 Hickman Ave. on charges of first-degree tampering and possession of a forging instrumentality, said Latisha Stroer, Columbia Police Department public information officer.
Fake Missouri IDs and forged checks were found in the stolen vehicle. Police recovered the stolen car.
James R. Miller, 33, of Boone County was arrested on charges of two counts of forgery, felony stealing and possession of a forging instrumentality, Stroer said.
Detectives have been investigating several thefts from motor vehicles for the past several weeks and that investigation led to Miller and Shimek, Stroer said.
At 5:30 p.m., detectives also arrested James Edward Broderick, 40, of Boone County on a charge of forgery.
Stroer said the investigation is ongoing so no additional information is available. She said it is possible that the three are responsible for other thefts from motor vehicles in Columbia as well as other forgeries in the area.
Anyone with information can contact Columbia Police or Crime Stoppers at 875-8477 or 875tips.com.