PIPPA PASSES, Ky (WYMT) - Burglaries are becoming more frequent in Knott County, especially in the Pippa Passes community.
One man in that community said thieves got away with thousands of dollars of his belongings not once but twice.
Missing tires, tools and TVs taken from the walls, this is the mess that is left after robbers broke in to Ford Jacobs' property a few weeks ago.
"It was sort of a shock, you know, that someone would do that," said Jacobs.
He said it is shocking because he protects his property with gates and locked doors.
"They go to the house and break a window out and go in it and get you know wide screen TVs, ammunition, even my rum and bourbon," said Jacobs.
Jacobs is not alone.
Knott County Sheriff Dale Richardson said there has been an up-tick in burglaries in the last few months.
"Mainly out buildings or garages getting broke into and seem to be like the hot items are weed eaters and chain saws," said Richardson.
Jacobs said he worries about what is causing the increase.
"You never know, probably most of the kids that have done that are on drugs and you never know what their mindset is," said Jacobs.
Richardson said that is a possibility but it is hard to find solid evidence and make arrests in cases like these.
"Unfortunately that does not happen very often. We would just ask people to be mindful. be aware of their surroundings," said Richardson.
Another tip from law enforcement?
"Please do not put anything on social media that 'I am getting ready to leave' because you are basically just putting a big flashing sign that says 'I am gone, come and get what you like," said Richardson.
Authorities are investigating subjects involved with the break in on Jacobs' property.
Jacobs says he lost about $4000 as a result of the break-ins.
If you or someone you know are the victim of a burglary, Richardson said to report it to his office.