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Multiple car break-ins reported in Highlands, Phoenix Hill

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Mike McCaskill Mike McCaskill
Major Mark Fox Major Mark Fox
Mugshot of Sara Hammers (Source: LMPD) Mugshot of Sara Hammers (Source: LMPD)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – For police officers summer is the season of car break-ins and police divisions all over Louisville are dealing with their share.

On Father's Day in Middletown, 20 cars were broken into. However, that is not the only part of town affected. Between the Highlands and Phoenix Hill in just the past week burglars have been keeping officers busy. 

Inside Baxter Jack's these days, usually the only worry is the hot sand, but lately there's been another problem to think about.  

"We're a pretty family friendly, safe kind of place," said Mike McCaskill, volleyball head referee, "so people tend to leave their purses or maybe valuables in places that are easy access and normally that wouldn't be a problem. But here lately, we've got some bad guys that have kind of caught on to that."  

McCaskill has been working for Baxter Jack's for the last eight years. He says while car break-ins have happened a few times before, this summer season is off to troubling start.  

"Almost one a day for a little while there and that's what's got us kind of concerned," said McCaskill.  

Major Mark Fox, commander of the with Louisville Metro Police Fifth Division, said while crime numbers have been significantly down in the division , thefts started creeping up in the past week.  

"One night, one or two bored people can cause us a lot of problems because a lot of those cars are unlocked and a lot of those valuables are in plain view," said Fox.  

If the car doors weren't left open and thieves see what they want, a smash and grab can happen in a matter of seconds.  

"We've sent emails out to all of our captains warning them to please put your purses in your trunks or just somewhere where they aren't visible," said McCaskill.  

Fox said they are reviewing surveillance video and some people of interest were caught on camera. There is currently a warrant out for the arrest of Sara Hammers, 27, accused of using one of the stolen credit cards.  

"What we do is tighten the noose, adjust our tactics and start working these things pretty aggressively," said Fox.

While police will beef up their presence, Baxter Jack's says they will, too adding new security cameras to their parking lot.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of Hammers, call police at 502-574-LMPD (5673).

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