Car break-ins sweep Cov­ing­ton

Po­lice urg­ing res­i­dents to al­ways se­cure their ve­hi­cles

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­news.com

Nearly 50 car break-ins have been re­ported to the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment over the past few days at a num­ber of res­i­dences in the area of Old Mon­ti­cello and Mon­ti­cello streets.

CPD Capt. Ken Mal­com said Tues­day that the po­lice depart­ment has re­ceived a to­tal of 46 en­ter­ing auto re­ports, with a num­ber of per­sonal items stolen from ve­hi­cles left un­locked.

Vic­tims at homes on Pinecrest Drive, Mon- ti­cello Street, Old Mon­ti­cello Street, Wood­land Av­enue, Le­gion Drive, King Street, Town Branch Court, Dorch­ester Drive, Brookhaven Drive and sev­eral other streets within the city lim­its re­ported their ve­hi­cles were en­tered be­tween Fri­day and Mon­day. A num­ber of the thefts re­port­edly hap­pened overnight Satur­day and Sun­day.

One of the first re­ports came Fri­day around 6:30 a.m., when a woman at a David Cir­cle res­i­dence told an of­fi­cer that sev­eral of her be­long­ings went miss­ing from her 2002 Honda Ac­cord, which was parked in the car­port at the home. The theft re­port­edly hap­pened be­tween Thurs­day night and Fri­day morn­ing.

Items re­port­edly stolen from ve­hi­cles dur­ing the weekend in­cluded cash, check­books, elec­tron­ics, sun­glasses and car owner’s man­u­als. How­ever, in some cases, vic­tims re­ported their cars were only rum­maged through and noth­ing was miss­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, sev­eral items were found just houses away from where they were stolen.

A woman re­port­edly turned in a check­book to the CPD Sun­day af­ter she found it on Le­gion Drive. In another case, two pairs of a woman’s de­signer sun­glasses were found in a sewer drain near her home. And Mon­day morn­ing, a CPD of­fi­cer pa­trolling on foot in the Dorch­ester sub­di­vi­sion found a black box, con­tain­ing pieces of a clar­inet, which was col­lected for fin­ger­print­ing.

In ad­di­tion to the car break-ins, two peo­ple at res­i­dences on King Street told po­lice they heard some­one out­side of their homes early Sun­day.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, a woman said around 2 a.m., she heard some­one knock on her bed­room win­dow, but she said when she got up and looked around out­side, she didn’t see any­one. A man who lived down the street re­ported that he heard some­one knock­ing at his door around 2:30 a.m.

“He heard ap­prox­i­mately 10 knocks, then a short time later another set of knocks,” an of­fi­cer re­ported. “He did not see any­one on his prop­erty or near the house fol­low­ing the sec­ond set of knocks.”

In re­sponse to the break-ins, a mes­sage posted on the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment’s Face­book page re­minded cit­i­zens to lock their ve­hi­cles and re­move valu­ables. In ad­di­tion, Capt. Mal­com said if any­one hears or sees sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity, he or she should call po­lice.

“We have de­tec­tives as­signed to the case, and it is a very ac­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion. We are work­ing very hard, uti­liz­ing all of the re­sources we have at our dis­posal, to hope­fully bring this case to a very quick con­clu­sion,” Mal­com said.

“We are ask­ing that (mem­bers of) the com­mu­nity do what they can to pre­vent this from oc­cur­ring to them, by tak­ing all of their valu­ables out of their ve­hi­cles at night and mak­ing sure they se­cure their ve­hi­cles.”

In ad­di­tion, Mal­com said, the po­lice depart­ment is work­ing with neigh­bor­hood watch or­ga­ni­za­tions to com­mu­ni­cate to their mem­bers the im­por­tance of se­cur­ing ve­hi­cles.

He also ex­plained that “sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity” could in­clude some­one’s dog bark­ing out of the or­di­nary.

“In some of the cases where the ve­hi­cles have been en­tered, vic­tims have re­ported hear­ing their dogs be­come ag­i­tated at some­thing or some­one. An­i­mal own­ers know their dogs’ barks. They know when they are just bark­ing, and when they are bark­ing at some­one. If they hear some­thing, (they should) call 911 and give us the op­por­tu­nity to re­spond to the area and check it out.”

“Some­times, we feel like peo­ple do not want to bother us, or they don’t think it’s an emer­gency and they don’t make a phone call. In sit­u­a­tions like this, that type of 911 call may give us the break that we need to solve this.”

Mal­com said De­tec­tives Chip Shi­rah and Brent Fuest­ing are as­signed to this case.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on any of the cases or who might have been a vic­tim should call the po­lice depart­ment at 770786-7605.

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