Rash of car break-ins plagues city Thurs­day

17 cars en­tered, one stolen in a 1-mile ra­dius in Cov­ing­ton

The Covington News - - The second front - AM­BER PITTMAN Staff Re­porter

A rash of car break-ins in a con­cen­trated area early Thurs­day morn­ing has au­thor­i­ties on high alert in the city.

In a 1-mile ra­dius there were 17 cars en­tered and one stolen, ac­cord­ing to Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Cap­tain Ken Mal­com, and more are ex­pected to be re­ported. The ar­eas hit were the Cov­ing­ton Place neigh­bor­hood, south Dear­ing Street, Ash­ley Drive, For­est Drive, Farm­ing­ton Lane, Golf­side Drive, Brooks Cove and Fair­way Lane.

The stolen car was lo­cated at an apart­ment com­plex in Dekalb County. In­side it law en­force­ment of­fi­cials found a gun that was re­ported miss­ing from a dif­fer­ent home in the plagued area.

All ve­hi­cles that had items miss­ing had been left un­locked. Thus far, wal­lets, credit cards and guns have been re­ported stolen from the bur­glar­ized ve­hi­cles. In some cases there were mul­ti­ple ve­hi­cles at a prop­erty. The ones un­locked had items stolen; the ones locked ap­peared undis­turbed.

“The crime of en­ter­ing au­tos pe­ri­od­i­cally will oc­cur like this, where some­one will work an en­tire neigh­bor­hood and walk up and down the drive­ways and look for empty ve­hi­cles,” said Mal­com. “We feel like that’s what has hap­pened here, and that there was prob­a­bly more then one per­son work­ing to­gether… they cov­ered a lot of ground.”

Mal­com urged res­i­dents to lock their doors since it ap­pears the thieves sim­ply walked past cars and tried the doors. If they were locked, they moved on.

Po­lice are can­vass­ing the area and speak­ing with neigh­bors in an at­tempt to find wit­nesses to the thefts. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact the CPD tip line at (770) 385-6430 or on­line at www.cov­ing­ton­po­lice.com or through the tip­sub­mit mo­bile app. All tips can be given anony­mously.

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