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Friday, January 6, 2017

Police: Rash of Cars Break-Ins in Fort Thomas

FTM file. 
Fort Thomas Police have reported close to 20 car break-ins since the start of the new year.

According to Fort Thomas Police Lt. Rich Whitford, all of the "break-ins" have been into unlocked cars.

"It's the center part of town right now, but we are getting hit every night," said Whitford. "We are running extra patrols right now and having our third shift concentrate on stopping this type of activity but we need some help from our residents. Help us, help you." 

His message:

"Lock your cars!" 

Whitford said that the most recent break-ins have occurred on Casagrande, Pebble Creek, Grand Avenue and throughout the Summit Subdivision in Fort Thomas.

"It's not just Fort Thomas, it's everywhere throughout the region.  Bellevue, Dayton, Wilder, Newport, Southgate," he said.

Thieves are making a run on the unlocked cars right now because, according to Whitford, they know they are likely jam packed full from Christmas hauls.

"Camera, electronics, cash. We even had one resident who had their laptop stolen with sensitive work information. Things that are going to be very difficult to retrieve. If you have motion detectors that are going off in the middle of the night, please check on it. It's possibly it's not just the wind or an animal. We need your help," he said.

In one case, Whitford said that a resident found a black duffle bag under his car filled with stolen goods, which he later found out were taken from his neighbor two doors up. Whitford said the resident checked his surveillance camera and saw that two would-be thieves were checking for unlocked car doors when another vehicle drove by at 3:30 a.m. and spooked them.

"They ditched the bag and left it there. It's all about a quick reward for them. They aren't even selling them at pawn shops anymore. The information we have is that they are trading the stolen goods to drug dealers for dope straight up," he said.

In another instance, some stolen goods were also found the the City of Woodlawn. They were recovered after being ditched, taken from a house on Waterworks Road.

Police want you to be vigilant. If you hear or see something in progress, do not approach them and call Campbell County Dispatch immediately. 859-292-3622. Do not leave valuables in your car, not even loose change.

If you have other information you can call Det. Adam Noe at 859-572-1271.


  1. If council can buy residential properties for a yet to be determined purpose, perhaps they can spring for another unmarked cruiser or overtime for officers. Yes, locking cars is a must but when the cat's away the mice will play. Brazen thefts should not be taking place in Fort Thomas at the rate they are.

  2. Maybe they can use the overtime to stage officers at the crosswalks that are not very well lit.