A rash of car break-ins reported in Covington over weekend

COVINGTON — Nearly 30 people in the area of Legion Drive and Monticello Street reported this weekend their cars were broken into.

According to reports from the Covington Police Department, a few thefts were discovered early Friday morning, but the majority appear to have occurred in the overnight hours Saturday and early Sunday. Cars parked at homes along Woodland Avenue, David Circle, Pinecrest Drive, King Street, Legion Drive and Town Branch Court were entered and rummaged through. Victims reported a variety of items were taken, including wallets, navigation systems, sunglasses, and even Bibles and car manuals.

In several of the incidents, victims reported that nothing had been taken, but that someone had rummaged through their glove boxes or center consoles. Some of the vehicles were locked, but many of the vehicles were reported to have been parked in the driveways unlocked. At several locations, multiple cars parked there were all broken into, according to the reports.

As police were responding to the thefts this weekend, some items reported stolen from the vehicles were found nearby.

For instance, a wallet stolen out of a truck on Pinecrest Drive early Friday morning was found around 8 a.m. that day by a woman walking near the intersection of Pinecrest Drive and Rebecca Street.

In other cases, owners’ manuals taken from vehicles were found a few houses away. One victim reported her designer sunglasses were stolen from her car, which were found in a nearby sewer drain.

Two homeowners on King Street also reported to police that they heard someone outside their homes between 2 and 3 a.m. Sunday.

One homeowner reported that someone knocked on her bedroom window around 2 a.m., but when she looked around, she didn’t see anyone or hear anything else outside.

A man a few houses away reported to police that just about that same time he heard someone at his front door. “(He) stated he heard approximately 10 knocks, then a short time later another set of knocks,” the incident report states. The man said he did not see anyone on his property or near the house following the second set of knocks.

In response to the break-ins, the Covington Police Department posted on Sunday an announcement on its Facebook page.

“We are receiving multiple reports of vehicles being entered overnight at residences in the area of Town Branch Court, Legion Drive, David Circle, Woodland Avenue, and Monticello Street,” the posting states. “We are asking that if you saw any suspicious activity in these areas last night to please contact Detective Chip Shirah or Detective Brent Fuesting at 770-786-7605. Also if you were a victim and have yet to report it to the CPD, please do so ASAP.”