Sunday, July 22, 2001

Car break-ins strike Kenton

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Police in two Kenton County cities are warning residents to be on the lookout for thieves stealing items from mostly unlocked cars parked in residential areas.

        In Villa Hills, thieves have taken items from seven unlocked cars in the past two months.

        Most of the thefts have occurred between 11:30 p.m. and 4 a.m. in the older section of town, along Buttermilk Pike, Mary Street, Sunglow Drive, Kenridge Drive, and Rogers Road, said Villa Hills Detective Joe Schutzman. All the cars were parked along city streets or at the edge of driveways.

        Neighboring Crescent Springs also has had seven car thefts during nighttime hours in the past two months, Sgt. Wendeln said. However, two of those cases were break-ins, he said.

        “Since these thefts are probably within a mile of (the Villa Hills incidents), there's a possibility they could be related,” Sgt. Wendeln said.

        If residents want to keep items in their cars, they should make sure they're not visible and lock their vehicles, Detective Schutzman said. “People are leaving purses and everything else out in plain view,” he said.

        Because the thefts have been concentrated in a small area, Detective Schutzman said, police believe the perpetrators live nearby.

        Recently, a resident spotted two young men looking into a car with a flashlight late at night, he said. “If someone sees or hears anything suspicious, they need to call 911 right away.”


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