Huntington Police See Recent Wave of Car Break-ins

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Savana Moore's sense of security has been shattered into a million little pieces.

Someone broke in to her car, and times are tight. Having it fixed has meant Moore's having to dip into her 3-year-old son's college education fund.

"I had set up a little savings account that was actually his savings account for college," Moore says. "I had to go in there just to be able to afford another window. I hated that; that killed me."

In a 36-hour period, roughly a dozen car break-ins are on record at the Huntington Police Department. Cpl. Phil Watkins acknowledges the city is seeing a wave of them.

"It usually points back to drug activity, but it's impossible to know at this point" Watkins says. "We can't be everywhere, so it's important for people to be proactive in their neighborhoods. If they see something suspicious, give us a call."

Calling to report suspicious activity is as simple as dialing 911. For people who wish to remain anonymous, there's the Huntington Police Crime Tip Hotline. It's (304) 696-4444.

Moore's out $200 to replace her car's window. Her insurance deductible is $250, so it's out of pocket. A few toys were stolen from the backseat of the car, as well. But Moore was also robbed of her peace of mind, and she says you can't put a price tag on that.

"Ever since this happened, I'm kind of uneasy," Moore says. "I feel scared now for me and my son living here."


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