Car Lot Thefts Spreading Statewide

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Updated: 11/03/2011 12:17 pm
Since September car lots in Winchester, Somerset, and Mount Sterling have racked up thousands of dollars in losses from thefts.

Jim Hughey has been hearing about recent thefts on car lots in Central Kentucky.

"We just heard there'd been some people coming in with fictitious names and identities boosting cars and taking equipment off cars."

Hughey is the General Manager of "Bob Allen Chrysler" in Frankfort.

He says it seems to be happening more and more.

It appears criminals are feasting on tires and rims more than they are snatching up the entire cars.

According to Winchester Police, at least 32 tires were stolen off of cars at one lot.

But Kentucky State Police say despite the recent incidents, its unlikely that they are connected.

"As of right now, Kentucky State Police don't have any information to link these thefts into one organized group or syndicate, if you will," says Lt. David Jude.

Lt. Jude says KSP's vehicle investigation division is in contact with area police departments, but so far have not found anything that would connect the crimes.

While Hughey's lot hasn't been hit, he's taking any and all precautions necessary to keep it that way.

"We have quite a few cameras... the whole perimeters of the building and of the lot," Hughey says.

Lieutenant Jude says the public can also help to crack down on these car dealership thefts.

"If you see people wandering around the parking lots or looking into the cars. If you feel its suspicious, its better to go on and call the police.

Lieutenant Jude does offer one possible explanation for these thefts.

With the holidays fast approaching, he says thefts of all kinds usually increase.

He says this is the season that people may try to turn these stolen items into a profit.

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