Arrest made in string of car break-ins

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A Floyd County man is arrested on theft charges, but officials believe he could be responsible for more than one-hundred vehicle break-ins in several counties.

David Crace was arrested Thursday at a motel in Floyd County.

Prestonsburg Police Detective Steve Little has a stack of car break-in investigations. He's worked about 60 since last fall.

“We would average anywhere from four, six, eight a night,” Detective Steve Little said.

He says Johnson and Pike Counties have also had dozens of car break-in thefts since Christmas, and investigators believe they are all related.

“Every time, the break-ins were the same, the majority of them, 95 percent of them, there was no damage to the vehicle,” Det. Little said.

Wednesday they got a break in the case when Little says they found a laptop reported stolen in a Prestonsburg break-in.

That led them to David Crace who they arrested Thursday night. Turns out Crace is a locksmith.

“Even he made the comment to me, there's not a car he can't get into,” Det. Little said.

Crace is only charged with one count of theft right now, but police in several counties are working to connect him to other thefts.

“Hopefully, with this arrest, it slows things down and this type of stuff won't continue here. I think our main player was arrested yesterday,” Said Little.

Police expect other arrests. They say anyone caught with items taken from the cars will face receiving stolen property charges.

“He had four or five spots he went to. He would either sell it or trade it for drugs,” Detective Little said.

Police are trying to find all of the stolen items to return to the owners.
Crace is in the Floyd County Jail.

Officials say no court dates or a bond is set yet.

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