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Rise in break-ins has mayor fearing confrontations

Goshen Mayor Bob Thacker Goshen Mayor Bob Thacker
Matt Ammons Matt Ammons
Matt Ammons two boats were targeted by thieves. Matt Ammons two boats were targeted by thieves.
WAVE 3 News Reporter Connie Leonard with Carol Rush. WAVE 3 News Reporter Connie Leonard with Carol Rush.

GOSHEN, KY (WAVE) - Weeks ago, dozens of break-ins started upsetting neighbors in Oldham County. Goshen's Mayor warned people to lock up homes and cars, but now he says he is concerned about possible confrontations by neighbors promising to take matters into their own hands.

"I've heard from a lot of people," said Goshen Mayor Bob Thacker on Tuesday, "Probably 30 or 40 people just in the past couple of days." Those people who are lighting up Goshen Facebook and Neighborhood Watch pages live on streets where American flags fly proudly and cars aren't always locked, " sometimes they leave keys in them because that's just the area here, you trust everybody," Thacker explained. It's why garage doors stay open - or at least they used to.

"We may have been Mayberry in the past," Thacker said, "But unfortunately we're not Mayberry anymore."

For the second time in as many weeks, Thacker is warning neighbors to secure their homes and cars and asking them not leave valuables out in plain sight. After more than a month of crimes of opportunity, those living in the small city are starting to realize they're not exempt from crime.

In one night, in the Barbizon neighborhood, the Mayor said 16 break-ins took place, mostly of cars. Matt Ammons' two boats were targeted on two different nights.

"Things are starting to change a little bit," Ammon said of the area, "And everybody just needs to be aware of what's going on."

Ammon explained earlier in July, "I left a battery in it (the boat) and they crawled inside my truck, got in that boat and stole the battery out of it." Monday night, they were back in his second boat, but they didn't find anything.

Besides expensive bikes, most thefts the Mayor and neighbors say have been laptops or small items, but the theft of a gun out of a car came as a little more concerning. Neighbor Carol Rush said of the gun theft, "The person should be smart enough not to leave it in there and leave the car unlocked, but things happen."

Rush said her family learned the hard way after having ATV's stolen from their home a couple of years ago.

"Know your neighbors," Rush said of what she's learned, "And if you're going somewhere, let them know and just do the smart stuff because most of it is common sense."

What's not common sense they say? Vows by other neighbors to get justice. Ammon said, "You get the wrong person that gets a little upset and they decide they want to take the law into their own hands."  

"That is my biggest concern," said the Mayor, "Somebody getting hurt out of this deal and there's already people talking about driving around the neighborhood at night and I don't want to see that happen."

Oldham County Sheriffs patrol much of Goshen and have been seen in the neighborhoods more. Oldham County Police said they have also stepped-up patrols, but they said not enough residents are filing police reports and they need them to, so they can track what crimes are happening.

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