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Police remind motorists not to leave valuables in cars after Louisville Zoo break-ins

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say thieves took advantage of families enjoying a day at the Louisville Zoo, targeting vehicles with pricey items in plain sight.

Police say the thieves are stealing laptops and purses. In six months, the Zoo has had six car break-ins, which in the grand scheme of things, police say, isn't that much.

But last week alone, three of those cars were broken into in the Zoo's parking lot.

"A lot of times in parking lots -- whether it's at parks, the zoo, shopping mall, whatever -- it may be a lot of people have the tendency to leave things out in plain view," said Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell. "Most of the individuals who break into these vehicles are looking for crimes of opportunity where they see things out in front, easy to pick up."

LMPD adds that many times, cars are left unlocked, and sometimes even running. Police caution motorists to leave laptops at home, not in their cars. If you must have the items with you, put them in your trunk, or cover and hide them -- but beware: criminals could be watching as you do this.

You may want to hide the items before you reach your destination.

The Zoo says it does monitor the parking lot and will continue to do so. LMPD says it has officers that may do extra patrol in that area.

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