Police are blaming a rash of reported burglaries and car break-ins in Ft. Thomas on drug addiction.
addiction has been a growing problem in Northern Kentucky over the past few
years. Specifically in Ft. Thomas, Police Lt. Rich Whitford says most recently the crime
associated with drug addiction has increased.
would call it an epidemic at this time. I mean we have so much death. So much
of a generation that is dying," he said.
While some heroin addicts die from overdoses, Lt. Whitford says others are dying for that
next hit. Some addicts have reportedly admitted to burglary to feed that addiction.
Police say several cars have been burglarized because they're easy targets, with suspects taking whatever they can grab in a hurry.
money may have prompted the burglary of Michelle Tinkler's Ft. Thomas home. She
says she discovered the break-in when she returned home from
"When we came back home the front door was open, and I knew
immediately something was wrong," said Tinkler.
burglars took jewelry and ransacked the master bedroom.
"At first it was fear. What's going on, and then it was definitely anger
because when this happens you feel so violated. Jewelry, personal
items. Yes, they can be replaced but when it comes to jewelry, there's such
sentimental value," she said.
Police say burglaries and break-ins are a regional problem, so Ft.
Thomas investigators are working with other area law enforcement agencies to
better protect their communities.