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Crime Stoppers: Burglar Steals From Vehicle In Family’s Garage

Posted at 6:28 PM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 18:28:13-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Lexington police have identified a person of interest in a home burglary that happened in an upscale neighborhood. It took place after sunrise and while the victims were at home just a few feet away.

Police say it happened around 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning in October. Detective Mark Thomas with the Lexington Police Department said that the thief went into the garage and took a woman’s purse out of the console of her vehicle. The thief also took her keys.

Thirty minutes later, the thief was caught on camera using the victim’s credit cards at a nearby business. Thomas said the thief bought several hundred dollars worth of pre-paid gift cards.

“They like to go through places like Hartland and Andover, and they will drive those streets and troll them up and down these blocks looking for open garage doors,” said Thomas.

The detective stresses that if you leave valuables inside of your car, thieves can get them, even when your car is parked in your garage and even when your garage door is closed.

“They’ll grab a garage door opener and just drive around neighborhoods just hitting that button in the middle of the night, hoping to grab one that’ll open.

If you have information about this crime that leads to an arrest, you could get a cash reward from Bluegrass Crime Stoppers. Call 859-253-2020 or text your information to “CRIMES.” Put “LEX-PD” in the message, along with your anonymous tip.