The King Police Department has another rash of vehicle break-ins to investigate, and Police Chief Paula May is asking residents to report any information that could help investigators determine who is responsible for the crimes.
While football fans were recovering from their Super Bowl festivities, more than 30 vehicles were broken into throughout the night Sunday in King. On Monday afternoon, the department still had calls coming in to report the thefts. May reported to the King City Council Monday night that about 36 reports had been filed.
The calls began streaming in as people got ready to leave for work Monday morning. Chief May said many of the vehicle break-ins were concentrated in the 100 block of Jefferson Church Road near Main Street. Break-ins mostly took place in residential neighborhoods off of Moore Road, Jefferson Church Road and Main Street.
May told the city council that while in the past break-ins mostly involved unlocked vehicles, the ones on Sunday included locked vehicles as well. The culprits stole money, prescription pills, laptops, “basically anything of value,” said May.
She reminded people at the council meeting that folks should not keep anything valuable in their vehicles, and they should keep their vehicles locked.
This is the third rash of break-ins over the past few months in King. The department also responded to about 25 vehicle break-ins the night before the city Christmas Parade and about 15 on Christmas Eve. The department made two arrests in connection with the Nov. 30 string of break-ins.
Just over 100 charges were filed against Christopher Joseph Whorton and Timothy Lee Overby after the first string of break-ins, the police department reported in mid-December. Whorton’s case has already been disposed. He received supervised probation, but no active time behind bars.
“That’s what we’re combating,” May told the King City Council on Monday night after Mayor Jack Warren asked for an update on the break-ins and arrests. The council members just shook their heads.
Chief May urges anyone who noticed suspicious activity in King Sunday night to call the department at 944-6878.