Throughout Sunday Lexington police received reports of car break-ins along Queensway Drive near Richmond Road. Investigators are still looking for thieves including those one woman says she caught in the act then chased after them.
After thieves broke into her sister's car and made off with cash, jewelry, and other property, Beth didn't want to appear on camera, and she didn't want NEWSFIRST to use her last name, but she wanted her neighbors to know what happened early Sunday. Beth says it was almost three o'clock in the morning when she looked out her window and could see two men ransacking the car. "I was on the phone with 911 at the front door, and when I saw them take off running out of my driveway, I took off after them," Beth said, "One went straight on Queensway through Carolyn, I think to the railroad, and the other one went toward Henry Clay, and by the time I got to the corner of Henry Clay, I no longer saw him."
Beth says investigators told her it was probably a bad idea to chase the thieves, and she doesn't recommend anyone else do the same. "I was probably more mad than I was scared at that point, but now I realize I probably should have been more scared."
After the police left, Beth took a flashlight to see if she could find anything the thieves might have dropped. She didn't find any of her own things, but she did find a bag by this tree. She says the bag was full of stolen property, leading investigators to believe this was no isolated incident. "When I found this other equipment," Beth said, "the officer told me that they would probably be busy this morning in the neighborhood once everyone woke up and realized their cars had been gone through."
Sunday afternoon police investigated at least two more car thefts on Queensway Drive, and more victims have come forward since. "Sometimes we'll here about cars being gone through that are on the street, and change or money is taken, but when they come behind your house, and they've been in garages in the neighborhood, that begins to make you feel a lot more uncomfortable," Beth said.
Police urge everyone to always keep vehicles locked, and keep any valuables inside your vehicle out of sight.