The Leitchfield Police Department is currently investigating the recent theft of a trailer from local business Circle M Automation.
According to LPD Detective Kevin Smith, sometime between Wednesday, April 30 and Friday, May 2, an 18-feet car-hauler trailer was taken from the business, located at 176 Judge Kenneth H. Goff Drive in Leitchfield.
The LPD is also investigating several thefts from unlocked vehicles.
Smith said the agency has seen an “extreme increase” in these thefts, particularly on the west and south sides of the City, over the last month.
Approximately 12 thefts from unlocked vehicles have taken place, according to Smith.
“We get calls every day,” said Leitchfield Chief of Police Kevin Henderson.
Thieves are stealing loose change, purses, portable electronic devices, and any other items that can be taken in “as long as it takes to open a door and take [something],” said Smith.
Thieves “can be in and out in a matter of seconds,”Smith said.
According to Henderson, no damage is being done to vehicles, and while most of the thefts have taken place at night, a number have taken place in the daytime, as well.
The LPD said the importance of citizens’ locking their vehicles and either keeping valuables out of sight or out of their vehicles all together cannot be overstated.
“We have not worked a single theft from a locked vehicle,” Smith said.
The LPD has requested that anyone with information pertaining to either of the aforementioned crimes or any crime contact the agency by phone at 270-259-3850 or through its website, www.leitchfieldpolice.org, or Facebook page.