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Crime Stoppers: Police Warn Against Leaving Valuables In Car

Posted at 1:54 PM, Jun 25, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The summer burglary season is in full swing, and car thieves are stealing valuables from vehicles. 

On May 9 at Jacobson Park, two women left items in their car and it was broken into, according to the Lexington Police Department.

"While the police are being dispatched the officers are physically standing here taking the report, and the suspects are at that time out there running those credit cards," said Detective Mark Thomas. 

The cards were used at the Walmart on Nicholasville Road and then at Game Stop, where they were seen on camera.

"Do not leave anything in your car. Don’t leave your purse in the car when you go to the gym or dog park or just out walking with the kids. Don’t do it unless you’re going to put it and lock it in the trunk," said Thomas.

Thomas said that sometimes the items stolen from vehicles are a lot more problematic.

"I would guess in my career, most of the handguns that I’ve seen, a large percentage of them, have come from vehicle break-ins," said Thomas. "Do not leave that gun in your car. We all can’t afford that right now."

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