Police seek help in Fort Thomas burglaries

By Dan Wells - bio | email

FORT THOMAS, KY (FOX19) - A rash of burglaries in one Northern Kentucky town has residents and police on alert.

Since Jan. 1, investigators say they've had six burglaries spread out, all around town in Fort Thomas.

And that number is alarmingly high for that city, and the bad guys are particulary brazen. They've gotten away with jewelry, big screen TVs, and other valuables.

The crime's don't seem to be stopping, so police are asking for the public's help.

Fort Thomas police are going to extremes to stop a rash of burglaries taking place in this community.

"No suspicion is to small at this time with the number of burglaries that were having," said Lt. Rich Whitford with Fort Thomas police. "Our fear is that someone will get hurt."

Police are handing out a flyer in schools, to residents and downtown businesses, and posting crime alerts on the department Web site.

"I have heard about it, and it is a beautiful and nice community, but that does not mean that you don't have the problems with robbery's that everyone else has," said resident Joy Hill.

Hill says these crimes are a harsh reality, and they've changed the way she lives.

"One thing that we have never really locked our car doors or our house and that is something that has changed. Now we're doing both," she said.

The incidents happen between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. and police say the suspects come up to a home, knocks on the door to make sure no one is home, and then that's when they break in.

"They're kicking in the front door, they're going inside the house and grabbing large items (like) TVs and jewelry," said Whitford.

What authorities says is really concerning is a fear that if someone is home but unable to answer the door, a crime like this could present a very dangerous situation for a potential victim.

Police say they've learned in recent days, with the help of other law enforcement agencies, that this crime is spiking across the Tri-state.

If you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood or in the city please report it immediately to the Fort Thomas Police Department, or call 911.