String of thefts in Floyd County causes neighbors to worry

Published: Jul. 17, 2019 at 6:14 PM EDT
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A string of thefts is making many in Floyd County feel unsafe.

"We have never had anything stolen there before," said Angie Hamilton.

Bicycles, dirt bikes and lawnmowers were reported stolen from multiple homes.

"You just can't trust people anymore," Hamilton pointed out.

Now, she is worried after someone stole her nephew Braxton's dirt bike.

"Well, they probably sold it by now to get their drugs," said Braxton.

His home was not the only one targeted.

"The drugs have took over," Hamilton said.

Kentucky State Police Trooper William Petry told WYMT the theft rate is up.

"We've had a spike in the past few days," said Petry.

Trooper Petry said you can protect your home by having cameras.

"People will get out during the day and go around looking for things that are set out. Especially in the front yards or easy access where they can run up and grab them," explained Petry.

Keeping your prized possessions under lock and key is also another way to protect yourself.

"I would advise anybody who has anything outside that they don't want taken to lock it down," Hamilton said.

"Hopefully I get it back," her nephew added.

Braxton's dirt bike is white and yellow with the number "7" on the front.

No matter how big or small, if you had something stolen, officials ask you to report it to your local police department.

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