Rash of Car Break-Ins Reported in Huntington and Barboursville

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Thieves are breaking into cars in West Huntington and in Barboursville, looking to make a quick dollar.

Some of the most recent thefts involved cars that were left unlocked.

A handful of people in Huntington's Westmoreland community woke up to find their windows smashed out and everything inside rummaged through.

Now, they're stuck footing the bill for the repairs and wondering who's behind the crimes.

"Wow, this is a great way to start a Monday," said Beth Hendricks.

Hendricks' week is off to a rough start.

She's getting a new car window after early morning crooks broke in.

"I guess they were just looking for something they could grab quick and get out," Hendricks said.

They didn't much, just a pair of sunglasses, but she said the broken window was enough.

"They'd actually cut mine out, and it was laying pretty much in a complete piece over in the grass," Hendricks said.

Huntington Police said there were five car break-ins overnight in West Huntington.

"It's gotta be taken care of," Hendricks said.

Hendricks isn't the only one frustrated at her apartment complex. One of her neighbors woke up to his brand new car, with the passenger side window busted out.

Now, they're both forced to spend hundreds of dollars for repairs they never planned for.

"I just feel terrible for him because it's a brand new car. It's still got temporary plates on it, and he had his registration and all his documentation stolen out of his car, in addition to some of his personal identification," Hendricks said.

Though the bill is costly, Hendricks is looking on the bright side.

"A lot of other things I could do with $230 this week, but it has to get taken care of. I'm grateful there wasn't more taken. I'm grateful there wasn't more damage done," Hendricks said.

She now knows, firsthand, just how important it is to never leave anything valuable in a car.

"I have always been one to really preach not leaving things in your car," Hendricks said.

Huntington Police said more than a dozen car break-ins happened during the weekend near Marshall University.

In those cases, windows were busted out and some of the cars were left unlocked.

Barboursville Police are also dealing with several break-ins.

Early Monday morning, police arrested two people involved in break-in attempts.

They said one of them had a purse from a stolen car when she was arrested.

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