Caught on camera: Five cars broken into at Richmond car lot

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - It's a small lens watching over the car lot at City Wide Auto Sales, in Richmond, but this weekend the tiny camera caught a big clue to a recent crime.

"We came in Saturday morning and discovered that there were some vehicles where the radios were gone. (We) got to looking a little farther and realized that there were more than one or two," said Cathy Rogers.

On the surveillance video the suspect is first spotted checking door handles and looking into a dark colored car. Later he returned wearing a camo jacket, that Rogers said he appears to have found in another vehicle on the lot, and goes to work trying to pop the car's lock.

"He used a homemade 'slim-jim.' I guess you might say it's just a piece of wire to get in the door," described Rogers of the video adding that the suspect, "seemed real comfortable, so that in itself is scary."

The man is seen on the lot around 11:30 Friday night and Rogers said he appears to have spent nearly an hour going through at least cars stealing the radios. Rogers said it also looks as if he stole a set of tires that were recently removed from a customer's car.

"That's not to say they didn't get in others and ransack them," she added.

For a car lot with only 20 to 25 vehicles to sell, losing these five to damages is a hard hit for the business.

"In probably there of them (the vehicles), it's not just the cost of the radio. It's that we're actually going to have to replace the dash of these and that's very, very expensive," explained Rogers.

For this local car lot, the frustration is only mounting as these break-ins come less than a week after having several other cars broken into.

"But seeing it on camera made it even tougher," chimed Rogers.

Whoever the man is remains a mystery, but the business remains hopeful for help from others.

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