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Criminal leaves behind cell phone linking him to car theft

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A left behind cell phone leads police to the person accused of stealing two cars in Audubon Park.

Audubon Park Police Chief Doug Sweeney says the criminals are able to easily break into the cars because many of them are left unlocked, some even have the keys still inside.

The neighborhood is a picturesque place to live. Trees line the roads and children played outside. It’s so nice that Ken Adams and his wife just moved to Audubon Park two days ago from Chicago.

“Even the realtor said everybody is extremely safe here. So I was really floored by you telling me that,” Adams said when he found out about the thefts.

In the last month, three cars have been stolen.

“Crooks want a Christmas too, they just don't want to pay for them with their own money,” Chief Sweeney told WDRB News.

Sweeney says two of the cars were stolen by a juvenile. He abandoned one after it ran out of gas, but left a damning piece of evidence behind.

“One of the thieves left a cell phone in there so we were able to figure out who that belonged to,” Chief Sweeney said.

The third car was recovered by the Indian Hills Police Department, who is also dealing with its own car theft cases. Alethea Gant, Roger Taylor, and Joshua Whooley were all picked up after being spotted in the stolen car.

Chief Sweeney says it's easy for people to lower their guard when they live in a safer neighborhood, but that’s when they become a target. He said under no circumstance should anyone leave their keys in the car, even with new forms of technology.

“It's so easy today because a lot of the cars like my Land Rover, it just uses a fab so you kind of forget about it,” Adams said.

“Be vigilant. Remember we're low crime, not crime free,” Chief Sweeney said.

As for Adams, he plans to always lock his car and install outdoor security lights.

“Hopefully going forward, it won't be a problem,” Adams said.

This time of year police say it’s especially important to keep your cars locked as well as your homes and to immediately call police if you spot anything suspicious.

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