LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– A car break-in during the overnight hours has Lexington Police on high-alert after the thieves stole credit cards and the car owner’s gun.
“Right after they stole the credit cards, within a couple of hours, he was using the cards at the Kroger on Lowry Lane, and here at Meijer behind me on Reynolds Road,” said Detective Mark Thomas with the Lexington Police Department.
The victim also had their gun stolen, luckily, the gun was legally purchased and is registered.
“They know that there’s always going to be a market out there for firearms, and it puts police officers’ and civilians’ lives in danger because that’s one more firearm on the street in the hands of somebody who shouldn’t have it,” said Thomas. “We’ll know the serial number, the make, the model of that firearm, where it was manufactured. We’ll know everything about that gun.”
Thomas has a warning about the all too common recurrence.
“If you have a gun in the car, you need to take that out and take it inside with you,” said Thomas.
Police say the victim of this theft had the gun hidden, but that clearly did not matter.
“They’re gonna go through the consoles, your glove box, under your seats, the pockets in the back of your seats. they have time,” he said.
If you have information on this crime that leads to an arrest, you could get a cash reward from Bluegrass Crime Stoppers. Just call (859) 253-2020 or text your information to ‘CRIMES’ by putting in ‘LEX P-D’ in the message, along with your anonymous tip.