Thieves stole nine four-wheel-drive vehicles from East Columbia neighborhoods Sunday, Howard County police said.
"All this happened about the time we were getting all the bad weather," said spokesman Sgt. Steve Keller. "Maybe it was some sort of prank. We're not sure yet."
Sergeant Keller said the thefts occurred between 1 a.m. and 9 a.m. in the Lake Elkhorn area of Owen Brown. All but one of the vehicles were recovered in the area by yesterday morning, police said.
Police said they have no suspects in the vehicle thefts.
* Kings Contrivance: 7200 block of Eden Brook Drive: A blue 1992 Honda Accord with Maryland tags ACW519 was stolen Wednesday, police said.
* Owen Brown: 6300 block of Red Haven Road: A cellular phone was taken from a beige Toyota Camry Wednesday or Thursday after the front passenger side window was broken for entry, police said.
9200 block of Brush Run: A 1987 Jeep with Maryland tags 52756M was stolen Saturday, police said.