UPDATE: Car Thefts and Break-ins Reported in South Point, Ohio

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UPDATE 06/2/14 @ 10:24 p.m.
SOUTH POINT, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Police in South Point are investigating a rash of car thefts and burglaries. Three cars have been stolen in just the last month.

But investigators said they have no suspects and haven't made any arrests yet.

They said they're still looking for who may be behind the crimes.

But in all the cases, investigators believe there's one major motive: drugs.

That was no surprise to neighbors we spoke with.

"When I woke up at 8:30, it was gone," said Barry Adkins.

Adkins is still trying to figure out who stole his car, right from his driveway.

"It wasn't much of a car, but it got us from point A to point B," Adkins said.

His car was one of three stolen in South Point in the last month.

Police said there's been a rash of car thefts and burglaries since May.

One car was stolen from Fairview Boulevard, the others from Keith Avenue and Hillview Lane.

South Point Police said these thieves are getting into your car whether it's locked or not, and they're after your valuables. They said it's all driven by drugs.

That's no surprise to some in South Point, who told us they've heard of other break-ins in town connected to drugs.

"Always keep everything locked. Make sure everything's good, don't keep nothing in your car and make sure everything's safe before you go in the house," said Gary Arbaugh.

South Point Police said you can do several things to prevent these thefts.

Make sure you take all your valuables out each night, keep an eye on your car and your street, and lock your doors.

In this case, Adkins admits he didn't lock his doors.

"When I get a new car, it'll be locked every night," Adkins said.

It's a tough lesson, one he hopes others won't have to learn on their own.

"Who would've ever thought that 10 feet from your front door, somebody would steal your car," Adkins said.

South Point Police have another concern in these crimes: concealed weapons.

They said leaving a weapon in your car makes it easy for thieves to get their hands on guns.

South Point's Police Chief said that's something else to consider when locking up your car for the night.

Police said these crimes tend to increase with warmer weather.

If you have any information on these thefts, give South Point Police a call.



ORIGINAL STORY 06/2/14 @ 9:21 p.m.
SOUTH POINT, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A string of car thefts and break-ins during recent months has residents frustrated and South Point Police looking for answers.

There have been three stolen cars and a handful of other car break-ins, and they have been in different neighborhoods.

South Point's police chief said there has been a steady increase in break-ins in the last few years, and the motive may be to get money for drugs.

Residents said they will be keeping a close watch on their cars and homes.

Police have no suspects now.


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