Police looking for man accused of breaking into dozens of cars

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Police in Floyd County are searching for a man they say has broken into dozens of cars.

There have been nearly 30 complaints of car break-ins.

"They started about a month, month and a half ago," said Detective Adam Dixon.

Police believe one man is behind it all.

They recently got surveillance images that show a man using one of the debit cards that was reported stolen.

"We actually have him on video and got a positive ID," said Assistant Police Chief Bryan Hall.

They identified him as David Crace and say he is no stranger to this kind of crime.

Crace has been behind bars for the same thing more than once.

"If he receives any type of jail time or anything these cases actually stop, and we don't have any instances of them until he gets back from being incarcerated," said Dixon.

Police say all the reports were the same, that there was no damage done to any of the cars, so they think the suspect was either using a remote or cutting master keys to gain entry to the cars.

"They all tell us the same exact thing, that the vehicles were locked. They were 100 percent sure of it, but yet the vehicle was broken into," said Dixon.

They say since they have had several positive IDs of the pictures they have gotten warrants to arrest Crace for the crimes, but now they cannot find him.

"We believe he's attempting to elude us by staying at motels, and we know we keep getting close but we can't get to him," said Hall.

They are asking anyone with information to contact them.

Police say most of the break-ins have occurred at businesses in town and several at high school football games.

They encourage people not to leave anything of value in cars.

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