COVINGTON — Covington police are investigating a rash of automobile break-ins that have occurred this week.
On Tuesday evening, four people attending a sporting event at a church on Access Road reported someone broke out the windows in their vehicles and stole purses, money and other personal items.
Covington Police Department Officer Chad Payne responded around 7:15 p.m. to Baptist Tabernacle where the victims all reported similar crimes.
The officer noted that glass was shattered on the passenger side of each of the vehicles. Each of the victims had designer purses, some of which were visible on the front seat and some of which were concealed in the rear passenger side. Most of the victims reported having cash, credit cards, and other personal items stolen. One victim reported that in addition to the $500 in cash stolen that was in her purse, the thief also stole around $800 in cash for her employer that she had prepared for deposit, and some medication.
“Several people on the scene reported that someone had seen a suspicious blue Ford Ranger in the area of Fieldcrest Walk leave the area at a high rate of speed upon the officer’s arrival,” Payne reported.
Surveillance video from the scene indicated that the perpetrators were driving a silver SUV.
At the same time, another victim reported her SUV was broken into at Mama Maria’s restaurant, which is located nearby also on Access Road. The thieves took a Hewlett-Packard laptop from the back seat of that vehicle.
Based on surveillance video from that scene, a white or silver four-door SUV was seen backed into two parking spaces next to the victim’s vehicle.
“A short time later, an unidentified male exited the passenger side and approached the victim’s vehicle, and within 30 seconds, the male entered the SUV,” the report states.
The SUV was last seen looping the restaurant twice and then turning left on the Access Road toward Interstate 20.
About an hour earlier, at 6 p.m., a woman who had been exercising at The Alcovy Health and Wellness Center on Alcovy Road reported that the rear passenger side window of her SUV was broken out. Her designer purse that contained $200 cash, credit cards, checks and Social Security cards was stolen. She told officers that she had placed the purse on the rear passenger side floor under a bag of clothes. The bag of clothes was still in the back seat, the report states.