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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say eight piles of shattered glass in the parking lot of Champions Park off River Road are evidence of a serious surge in car break-ins this summer.
110 have been reported throughout the city since August 1st. Crooks get in and take purses, wallets, electronics, or whatever else in plain sight may have value.
Nancy Lerner strolled through Thurman Hutchins park on Friday having no idea what she'd actually seen: "I come down occasionally to walk at lunch time and I've seen piles of the window glass in the parking lot here."
We're told it's happening most often at parks in Louisville's 5th division in and around the Highlands, with 35 reports just last week, east of downtown, in the Highlands, and along River Road.
"Over 70 percent of the cars are locked and the windows are being broken," says Major Mark Fox of LMPD. "We'd like to raise the awareness and get people to store their valuables or at least take them with them. That involves purses, laptops, we're seeing a lot of smart phones stolen."
Fox continues, "What we're seeing in a lot of these instances, are folks that are working out, running in our parks, gyms or golf courses, places where your car is going to be unattended for a period of time....We've set up decoy operations where we have a decoy vehicle with a tracking device in a purse. We've also utilized bike and ATV patrols along our river walks and parks and the installation of covert cameras."
But still no arrests. Fox says the thieves are likely selling the goods to support a heroin habit.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the police tipline at 564-LMPD.