Undercover operation targets spate of Homewood vehicle break-ins

In the past 2 1/2 weeks, police have investigated nearly 20 thefts from vehicles. About nine vehicles were burglarized

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Three people are in custody in Homewood, nabbed during an undercover operation aimed at stopping a rash of car break-ins in the city.

In the past 2 1/2 weeks, police have investigated nearly 20 thefts from vehicles. About nine vehicles were burglarized in the Edgewood community roughly 10 days ago, and seven to eight vehicles in the west Homewood area the prior week, said Sgt. John Car.

"We have them every once in a while,'' Carr said, "but lately we've had a spate of them."

On Oct. 3, police launched the undercover initiative to combat the thefts. On Tuesday night, they took two suspects into custody on suspicion of a vehicle burglary in the Kensington Road Area. They are being held for questioning and the investigation is ongoing.

Also Tuesday, police responded to the 500 block of Oxmoor Road on a residential burglary in progress. The suspect was arrested, and is being held pending numerous felony charges. Carr said his name will be released once formal warrants are obtained.

Carr said different "crews" are carrying out the crimes, and he believes they are linked to similar break-ins in other areas of Jefferson County. "The HPD undercover operation has been working closely with the Metro Area Crime Center to gather and share intelligence,'' he said.

Carr also said police officials want to thank Homewood residents for their response to several public service announcements made in recent weeks, and encourage them to continue to remove their valuables from the vehicles and lock the doors.

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