Thieves enter 42 cars in one night

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By Geoff Hamill

A late-night crime spree in northern Washington County was part of what continues to be a headache for local residents and law enforcement officers.

A total of 42 vehicles were broken into on July 24, according to Washington County Deputy Sheriff Jackie Robinson.

The thefts took place between midnight and 7 a.m., according to Robinson’s report, and  numerous items were taken from the vehicles, including a purse, some compact discs, cash and change, a GPS device, some airsoft guns and other items.

Robinson said the crimes took place on Main Street in Willisburg, as well as on Polin Road, Sportsman Lane and Harrodsburg Road in Mackville. He said there was no damage done to the vehicles, and items were only taken from vehicles that were not locked. When the thieves were finished taking things from the cars, Robinson said they gently pushed the doors closed, making sure to not slam them and make noise.

The investigation is ongoing. Robinson said similar crimes have been taking place in Mercer and Nelson counties, although there is no reason to believe the crimes are connected.