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Vehicle thefts prompt police warning

BY LAUREN P. DUNCAN lduncan@paducahsun.com

Paducah Police are reminding citizens to take precautions against vehicle break-ins.

Police Chief Brandon Barnhill said in the last three to four weeks an unusual number of break-ins to vehicles have been reported, as well as several vehicle thefts. 

"We think those are tied," he said.

He said the department has received reports of break-ins ranging from the Lower Town area to 32nd Street. Over the past few weeks, neighborhood areas have had several break-ins and thefts clustered in a period of 24 to 48 hours.

He said the department hopes to have suspects identified and arrest warrants issued soon. Police believe more than one person is involved.

Barnhill said the department is asking that people be diligent in monitoring their vehicles. He said many of the cars that were broken into were left unlocked, and some had the keys left in them.

"Don't ever assume that what you're leaving in your car has no value," he said. "It may have some value to someone else."

He advised that if individuals must leave something in the car, they should put it in the trunk.

Barnhill said residents can contact the Paducah Police Department for advice in organizing a neighborhood watch program if their neighborhood doesn't have one. He also asked that anyone who witnesses suspicious activity call police.

Despite the recent spate of car thefts, Barnhill said overall thefts in the city are down 19 percent from last year.

"The efforts (of police) over the course of the year have paid off," he said.

Contact Lauren Duncan, Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8692 or follow @laurenpduncan on Twitter.

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