Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) The Lexington Police Department released an update late Sunday evening after the whirlwind night when thieves descended on the town and entered, and in most cases stole, various items from almost 50 automobiles. It was later determined that the owners had left their vehicles unlocked overnight Saturday and into Sunday morning. Under the cloak of darkness, the criminal or criminals, the size of the band and the number of the misguided crooks hasn’t yet been determined, slithered through many of the normally quiet neighborhoods of the town, taking a little of this and that from the cars and trucks they found unlocked. By Sunday morning’s daybreak, officers were going from call-to-call as Lexingtonians awoke to find their property and peace of mind had been violated.
Later Sunday, after a full day of working scenes, taking reports, and compiling the numbers, LPD’s statement acknowledged that there were certainly a lot of questions and concerns regarding the vehicle tampering and theft from motor vehicle incidents. In an effort to stop further thefts, and as a part of the process of catching whoever was involved, the spokesman for the department issued the following:
The neighborhoods involved in last night's incident included Coventry, Mallard Lakes, Gibson Forest East, Willowbrook, Westbrook, and Martin's Grove.
Officers responded to nearly fifty calls of auto tampering and theft from motor vehicles.
Officers took over a dozen TFMV reports and items that were stolen included handguns, a rifle, sunglasses, purses, wallets, prescription pills, cell phones and credit cards.
All vehicles involved in these incidents had been left unlocked with items of value unsecured.
Corporal Cameron Mortenson went on to say in his statement that Lexington officers will continue to increase patrols in all neighborhoods. The department also implored everyone to do their part to safeguard their property by removing items of value and locking all vehicle doors each night.
True to that statement, radio traffic showed LPD cruisers worked as if on a carousel overnight Sunday, going from neighborhood to neighborhood randomly checking closely. They did this all the while keeping an eye on the business districts and responding to their normal calls for service as well. Police presence was very heavy throughout the town. It remains to be seen if that deterred the bandits as this article was written before daybreak.
Investigators are still asking homeowners in the affected areas to look at any home security footage they might have from Saturday night and Sunday morning. Businesses close to those areas may have also caught something on their overnight footage that might seem perfectly normal to an average viewer but may be just the lead that a trained pair of law enforcement eyes are looking for. If you have any footage you can share, or if you have any questions, please contact Corporal Cameron Mortenson at (803) 358-1504 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.