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    Park Ranger: Visitors must protect belongings

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- Pinnacle Mountain State Park Superintendent Ron Salley said park visitors need to pay more attention to what they leave in their cars at trail head parking lots. He said many of the cars left in the lots have valuables left in open places, attracting thieves to the park.

    THV11 spoke with two hikers who left a wallet, cell phone, and purse in plain sight.

    "I didn't really figure that this would be a place to have to hide your stuff because it's just a hiking trail, and people just come here to work out," said Linsey Samuels. "Next time, I'm definitely gonna hide it or not bring it."

    Park officials have placed signs at several trailheads warning visitors about thefts and telling them to lock valuables in their trunk.

    "The state park is just one of those very popular places that are on the criminal's list," added Salley. "When they hike, they want to travel as lightly as they possibly can, and I can understand that. We just want them to give it a little more thought before they head this way."

    Meanwhile, both park rangers involved in Tuesday's attempted theft and shooting have been placed on administrative leave. Additional rangers have been assigned to Pinnacle Mountain to help Salley with park security.

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