LMPD investigates 'huge spike' in thefts from cars in the Highla - WDRB 41 Louisville News

LMPD investigates 'huge spike' in thefts from cars in the Highlands

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- When Denise Keller parked her car Tuesday night outside of her home in the Highlands, she knew someone had already rummaged through it the night before.

With nothing taken, Keller says she did not report the crime.

But when Keller awoke Wednesday to find her car had been broken into again, she chose to call police.

“It’s a feeling of invasion,” Keller said. “It’s a little intimidating to feel that someone would take time to rummage through someone’s car not once, but twice.”

Though nothing of value was swiped, Keller says “they actually took the owner’s manual to my car.”

Keller’s neighbor captured surveillance video showing three people who appear to break into cars in the area around midnight.

The video is being reviewed by LMPD’s fifth division, which is where the Highlands is located.

Over the last month, the division has seen an overwhelming number of car break-ins.

“We’ve had spikes where we’ve had weeks with high numbers, but never this consistent,” said Lt. James Cirillo with LMPD.

At least 28 break-ins have been reported in the division since Sunday.

Lt. Cirillo says the division has averaged about 25 per week for the last four weeks. That’s well over the usual 10 or 15.

In the last few days, five people were charged in some of the break-ins, but the numbers are not declining.

The areas hit include the Baxter Avenue, Bardstown Road corridor, as well as some others.

“We are seeing it spread into the neighborhoods, and we’ve also been seeing a problem in the parks, this year,” said Lt. Cirillo.

Lt. Cirillo says a majority of the cars broken into were unlocked, so one simple tip to prevent the crimes is to keep doors locked.

“A lot of these guys that are trying door handles, if the door is locked, they’ll just move onto the next vehicle,” Lt. Cirillo said.

The thieves have also smashed windows and popped door locks, so police suggest keeping valuables out of sight.

Most important, Lt. Cirillo says if you see something suspicious, alert police.

According to police, the number of cars stolen in the division is up, as well. Seven cars have been taken since Sunday. Four of those had keys left inside.

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