COVINGTON — The Covington Police Department is investigating a series of entering auto cases which occurred in the parking lot of Five O'Clock Somewhere in the Covington Gallery shopping center, near K-Mart, in the early morning hours Sunday.
Four customers of the bar stated their vehicles — a 2003 Ford Expedition; a 2006 Ford Expedition; 2001 Chevrolet Blazer; and a 2006 Ford F-250 truck — had been entered and items taken somewhere between 11 p.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday.
All vehicles were apparently locked and responding officers said there were no signs of forced entry.
"Apparently the suspect had an un-lock kit or some type of Slim Jim-like tool," the incident reports state.
One victim lost her Chanel purse valued at $200, but had taken most of her valuables inside the bar; another woman lost her Coach purse that contained an HTC cell phone, a pink iPod Nano, a Canon digital camera, $100 in cash and 10 credit cards; and in two cases the radios from the vehicles had been removed, but no other items were missing.
CPD officials are continuing to investigate the break-ins.
"Anytime we have a situation like this, patrol supervisors will make sure the officers will be patrolling the parking lots frequently, looking for suspicious people walking between cars or walking around," said Lt. Wendell Wagstaff. "We'll have stepped up patrols and see if we can find persons responsible for this."
Wagstaff added that despite their best efforts, residents still needed to be vigilant.
"Obviously, anytime you leave your car unattended, whether it be in a shopping center, business or even at home, lock the doors," said Lt. Wendell Wagstaff. "And take all valuables — GPS units, cell phone, shopping packages — anything readily seen and easily obtained, put them in the trunk or out of sight."