We're alerting you to a crime trend that has Lexington police concerned. In the last month, rashes of car break-ins have been reported in seven parts of the city. The most recent reports came Thursday morning in the Chevy Chase area.
So what's caused this spike in car break-ins? We asked WKYT's Officer Don Evans.
"They do go up in summer," explains Officer
Evans, "but another concern is that recently they've passed some laws that basically tell officers that these are not crimes that you should arrest for unless the value goes so high."
Officer Evans is a retired Lexington police detective with more than 20 years experience on the force. He says if a thief steals less than $500 worth of anything out of a car, officers are required to write them a citation. They don't have to take them to jail.
"So someone breaking into your car and stealing your GPS, the total of the value of the item stolen has to be more than $500," Officer Evans notes.
Just recently, police were able to make an arrest of someone they believe was breaking into cars. Police charged Adrian Berry with receiving stolen property valued at more than $500. They believe he broke into cars along Clearwater Way.
"They're very difficult to solve. You almost have to catch the person in the act, or trace them with the property," says Officer Evans.
In just the last month, WKYT has tracked car break-ins in seven different neighborhoods across town.
"Normally these type of criminals, they're not gonna stop until they're caught and they're put in jail," admits Officer Evans.
Recent areas where we've tracked car break-ins include Gingermill Lane, Elkhorn Road, Bryant Road, Polo Club Boulevard, and Horsemans Lane.
Break-ins WKYT has alerted you of within the last week include ones at the soccer fields in Masterson Station Park and around Chevy Chase.