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Hazard PD investigating string of thefts

By: Matthew Rand Email
By: Matthew Rand Email

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Hazard Police say they have responded to more than 20 theft complaints in recent weeks.

Michelle Jones says thieves have hit her house three times in the past couple of months.

Like others in the Woodland Park community, she says several valuables have gone missing in recent weeks, including jewelry, tablet computers, and even some irreplaceable items like old war memorabilia.

In all, she says her missing property is worth about $15,000.

"There was a lot of tools ... my husband says every time we've been broke into he's replaced his weed eater, so that's been three weed eaters, three chainsaws," Jones said.

Hazard Police say they've seen an increase in thefts across the city in the past month or so.

They say they have interviewed 15 to 20 possible suspects so far.

"Nothing has turned up yet on none of these suspects that we've had so far," said Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen. "We've not completely ruled them out yet, so you know we'll continue on with the investigation."

Police continue to look for clues, but Jones says the threat of a burglar still on the loose has people in Woodland Park living in fear.

"It's hard to sleep at night, you know, worrying that they're going to come back. We have older neighbors that we're worried about that we're watching. You know it's very scary."

Police have increased patrols in problem areas, and Chief Allen says his officers will keep following leads until these thieves are caught.

Michelle Jones is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Hazard Police Department at (606) 436-2222.

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