LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Several stolen guns are now in the hands of criminals after a rash of car break-ins in Jeffersontown.

Jeffersontown Police said they're seeing an uptick in car thefts because people are leaving their doors unlocked. So far, thieves have gotten away with cash, cell phones and firearms.

In most cases, police said teens get bored in the summertime and check for unlocked door handles. But Chief Ken Hatmaker said more drug addicts are looking for something to pawn or sell for drug money.

He said a stolen gun is a worst-case scenario.

"Law enforcement's biggest fear is a stolen firearm used in a crime. crime of passion or a crime fueling an addiction. a street robbery, a home invasion or a carjacking, where someone innocent gets hurt," Hatmaker said. "When all it would've taken on the taxpayer's part was to simply lock their doors and secure their valuables."

Every night, Jeffersontown Police post a message on its Facebook page to remind people to lock their cars. Officers have made several arrests, but they're still looking for suspects.

If you see anything suspicious, call Jeffersontown Police.

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