Several car break-ins reported in a Lexington neighborhood

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Police have an alert Friday afternoon for folks in Lexington. They are encouraging everyone to lock their car doors.

Thieves have been targeting cars in the Southwind and Waterwood Terrace neighborhoods off Tates Creek Road. So far about 10 break-ins have been reported, but police suspect there are more victims.

Overnight car break-ins have left one Lexington neighborhood uneasy, especially since police say it's becoming a trend in this area.

Police tell us that most recently three cars were found broken into Thursday night on Southwind Terrace. And just a few days ago across the street on Waterwood Terrace, multiple cars were rummaged through. It adds up to about 10 car break-ins this week with cash and change in vehicles like this one stolen each time.

For now, police say they believe teenagers are responsible for this string of break-ins. Either way the crime is alarming, and a big reminder for people to lock their doors, especially overnight.

"It's not really that they are breaking into the cars. It's more that they're trying to find cars that are unlocked," said Zach Knight, who lives in the targeted neighborhood. "They've been doing that, so right now we've been trying to tell our neighbors to keep the doors locked and keep things safe because you don't know who's going to be walking through here."

Police tell us cash and change were stolen out of cars, but that doesn't mean they are going to get off easy. Those responsible could spend up to one year in jail.

Both uniformed and undercover officers were in that neighborhood Thursday night, hoping to catch who's responsible. So far, they have no leads.

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