Middlesboro Police see increase in car break-ins

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Middlesboro Police say they are seeing an increase in car break-ins in the city.

Police say the thieves are breaking into cars at homes overnight or in parking lots during the day and stealing valuable items.

Larry Carroll is one car break-in victim on 24th Street. He says on Monday morning his wife left for work and realized someone had broken into both of their vehicles overnight.

"I don't like it but there's nothing I can do about it," Carroll said.

He says the cars were unlocked which gave someone the opportunity to get in.

"I always lock up, but I didn't last night because of the storms and rain and stuff, I forgot it," he said.

He says the thieves mostly rummaged through their personal items but they did not have anything valuable in the cars.

Middlesboro Police say others are not so fortunate.

"That's a big category of the petty thefts we work are right out of vehicles," said Jeff Sharpe, Middlesboro Police Chief.

Police are working several car break-in theft cases from the past week, where someone stole items from unlocked cars.

"Don't leave valuable items especially electronic items, phones, cameras, things like that. That's just a magnet," said Chief Sharpe.

Middlesboro police say the best way to prevent a break-in is to lock your car.

Carroll wishes he did Sunday night and is now alerting his neighbors.

"Make sure they're locked because they are going through vehicles right now," Carroll said.

He hopes those responsible are caught.

Middlesboro Police say if you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood or in a parking lot to report it at 606-248-2020.

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