Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Sees Rise in Theft Complaints

(Columbia County) The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has received an increase over the past few weeks in the number of reported vandalism and theft complaints. Many of these complaints involve petty theft from unlocked vehicles and pointless vandalism to property. Areas showing an increase in this behavior include Cambria, Columbus, Lodi, and Poynette areas. A spike in theft of traffic road signs, particularly in Wyocena township and Springvale township has been reported by the Columbia County Highway Department.
The public is asked to remove all valuables from vehicles, place all property inside of secured areas, and to report anything suspicious as it is ongoing. Make note of suspicious activity and contact the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch center at (608) 742-4166 to report criminal activity. Obtain a good physical description of suspicious people and any vehicles to include license plate numbers.
If you have information about recent thefts or vandalisms, please contact the Columbia County Crime Stoppers at (800) 293-8477. You may email tips at or text tips to “CRIMES” using keywork “TIPCOSO”. Cash is awarded to individuals that provide Information that leads to an arrest and tipsters remain anonymous.
The Columbia County Sheriffs’ Office appreciates the publics assistance.