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String of break-ins at Laurel County hotels

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - Police in Laurel County are continuing to investigate a string of car break-ins and robberies at a Corbin exit off Interstate-75.

Police say they don't suspect Sunday’s break-ins to be related a set of previous robberies, but many of the businesses at the exit 29 are worried about what could be next.

Desk Manager Peggy Boggs knows first-hand how busy exit 29 is by how many people stay at Comfort Suites.

She says she learned that with traffic comes crime. “I know us and several of the hotels in this area on this side have been broken in to probably 3 or 4 times this year,” she says.

She says it happened again Sunday morning, “we had some guests come down they had loaded their vehicle come to get breakfast, and when they came back out there had been two cars broken into.”

Police say the thieves also broke into cars at other neighboring hotels.

However, this rash of thefts is not the first one at this exit. Police are still searching for a suspect that robbed two gas stations gun point.

Cashier Chris Tomlin was working at the gas station the night it was robbed.

I was very shaky. Actually, I was more angry than anything, by just being done that way. I felt violated, says Tomlin.

He says the string of crime at the exit has changed the way he works, “I'm more vigilant more watchful, pay more attention to things that before wouldn't have caught my attention.”

Boggs hopes increased Police patrols will help customers sleep soundly.
The Cumberland Valley Crime Stoppers is now offering a $1,000 reward in the string of armed robberies.
UPDATED 4/7/13 @ 6:00 p.m.

NORTH CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT)- Authorities are investigating a string of car break-ins in Laurel County.

The Laurel County Sheriff's department reports thieves broke into at least three vehicles parked in motel parking lots in southern Laurel County Saturday night.

Two of the vehicles had their windows smashed. Deputies say the unidentified thieves made off with laptop computers, cameras, and other valuable items. We will have more on this story later this evening.

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