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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Area police departments are seeing a rise in trailer thefts and officers believe they're being stolen as part of other crimes.

The thieves appear to use the stolen trailers to then steal push lawnmowers, riding lawnmowers and more.

"Just mad, just flat out mad," Leonard Eshnaur said.

Eshnaur was the first of nine victims in the last six weeks in Overland Park, KS, to have his trailer stolen. In neighboring Olathe there have been eight victims all since June 1.

"I backed my car up right to the hitch, but it was dark by the time I finished so I decided I'd just hook it up in the morning, drive off, and when I came out in the morning, it was gone," he said.

Eshnaur had a riding lawnmower and push mower on the back of his trailer, something police say is being targeted along with ATVs and motorcycles. But in order to snatch more things, sometimes the thieves are targeting empty trailers, then going into the other neighborhoods to see what they can snag.

"Sometimes they'll use the trailers to go into other areas and do other types of business burglaries. They could be going to another location to steal that equipment," said Officer Michelle Koos.

Jon Barnes has a lot of money tied up in his trailer and the equipment on back. He does exactly what police suggest by using a trailer hitch lock and keeping everything secured.

"Anytime I leave the trailers, I try to use the trailer lock to try and deter and to try and make it a little harder for them to steal," he said.

Eshnaur said his trailer and everything on it was valued at about $800. Still, with the trailer backed up to the house and three cars in the driveway, the crooks managed to steal his stuff.

"Apparently they came down the street and saw it wasn't hooked up and they turned the trailer sideways and back across the yard and somehow managed to hook it up," he said.

In addition to making sure trailers and everything on them are secure, police said they should also always be insured.

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