The Lexington Police Department has arrested several people in connection with thefts from vehicles. As officers continue to make progress in holding alleged thieves accountable, the department is also reminding residents to take valuables, especially firearms, out of their cars and to make sure doors are locked.
Over the past two weeks, investigators have placed charges on the following individuals:
- Ronald Hunter II, 26 – Multiple counts of Receiving Stolen Property, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, and Theft of Firearm. Detectives believe Hunter is responsible for possibly hundreds of thefts from vehicles in recent months.
- 15-year-old male suspect – Theft of Firearm, Possession of Firearm by Minor. The suspect allegedly stole a 9mm handgun that had been left in an unlocked pickup truck.
- Two 15-year-old and a 16-year-old male suspects – Each charged with Receiving Stolen Property (Auto) and Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm). Suspects were caught driving a car that had been left running unattended with a gun inside.
Through November of this year, there have been 1,911 thefts from vehicles reported to Lexington Police, which is on pace to surpass the number reported in 2018. In November alone, 55 guns were reported stolen from vehicles in Lexington.
Lexington Police today released a Public Service Announcement aimed at reducing car break-ins, a fun take on “My Favorite Things” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. The video is lighthearted but has an important message: never leave valuables in your car, and always remember to lock your doors.