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SMPD: One suspect caught on camera after a dozen car break-ins

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A surveillance photo of the suspect. (Source: SMPD) A surveillance photo of the suspect. (Source: SMPD)
A surveillance photo of the suspect. (Source: SMPD) A surveillance photo of the suspect. (Source: SMPD)
Detective Tony Ford Detective Tony Ford
Renee Farrar Renee Farrar

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Summer time means more car break-ins in St. Matthews. Police say in the last few weeks they have called out to a dozen. 

Detectives aren't sure if these car break-ins are all connected, but it appears a lot of the time they are going after women leaving their purses behind.

"Your whole world is gone, you've got all your belongings in there," said Renee Farrar, victim. 

Farrar knows the feeling of what it's like to have her car broken into. "You don't feel safe about anything," she said. 

Farrar works at Baptist East as a home care nurse. After lunch one day she decided to leave her purse in her car and hide it, thinking she was taking the necessary precautions.

Detective Tony Ford says now-a-days, that's not enough. "They're probably watching females get out of the car and put their purses in the backseat or on the floorboards of the car and when they walk away, they shatter one of the windows on the car," said Ford. 

Minutes later the shopping spree began. St. Matthews police say the suspect was caught on camera using Farrar's credit cards. In under two hours he racked up nearly $2,000 of charges at 10 different stores, most at Mall St. Matthews. Notice he is wearing glasses and a neon work vest.
 
Farrar says it's scary to think she was being followed. "It just seems like nobody would have known the purse was in that particular spot unless they had to have been watching," said Farrar. 

Ford says another man was caught on surveillance when the first suspect handed him a stolen credit card to fill up with gas.

"We don't know if they were out doing the crimes together or not, but we do know that he benefited from that one particular case," said Ford. 

In the last few weeks, police say there have been a dozen or so car break-ins in parking lots all over St. Matthews including the hospitals, shopping centers, and work out facilities.

No word if these men are connected to the majority, but St. Matthews Police would love to talk to them to find out. 

Farrar tells us since the break-ins, she now only carries a minimal amount of cash, a debit card, and maybe one check.

If you recognize the men in the video, you are asked to give St. Matthews Police a call at 502-893-9000.

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