The red Dodge Neon police are seeking in connection with the thefts (Source: LMPD)
The gray Toyota Camry police are seeking in connection with the thefts (Source: LMPD)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - More Louisville neighborhoods are being targeted by thieves. In the last couple of weeks Metro Police in East Louisville tell us they've had their hands full with home and car break-ins.
LMPD's 8th Division is getting the calls and police tell us in several of the cases, people are making both their homes and cars easy targets.
"It's a nice area out here and we are very blessed in the 8th Division," said Lieutenant Rob Davis, "We've got a lot of nice houses and subdivisions and for some people, it's a place to come where they can steal."
Be it a down economy or drug addiction, something is spiking home burglaries in parts of East Louisville from Middletown to Norton Commons. Thieves have been bold at times, kicking in front doors in broad daylight. But on some streets, like Kimblewick Drive, residents tell WAVE 3 News, the taking happened because garage doors were left open. Police say that's not all.
"We have a trend right now of thefts from autos," Davis said.
Fifteen cars were hit in a week at gyms and grocery stores and on neighborhood streets. A few were smash and grabs, but police say most of the thefts came easy in unlocked cars.
"Laptop computers, purses, wallets, golf clubs and things of importance that should have been at least locked in the trunk or left in the house," said Davis listing the losses.
At the Northeast YMCA, surveillance photos spotted two cars police are looking for in the thefts, a red four-door Dodge Neon and a gray four-door Toyota Camry.
Miles away thieves took advantage of huge crowds showing up at the new YMCA at Norton Commons.
"I think they see lots of cars in the parking lot and we became a target a few times," said Mike Bramer, the District Executive Director of the YMCA at Norton Commons.
The YMCA's staff quickly got pro-active, putting up big warning signs at the front door reminding clients not to leave valuables in the car and asking everyone to look out for each other.
"We just told them to watch your surroundings whether it's at the neighborhood where you live or whether it's at the mall," Bramer said, "that will help us make sure this doesn't happen as often."
LMPD's 8th Division immediately put out extra patrols in the hardest hit areas.
Police say never leave anything out in plain sight that can be traded, pawned or sold. Lt. Davis said if neighbors want to talk with officers about making their streets safer they would love to hear from you. You can call the 8th Division at 574-2258.
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