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No Arrest in rash of Conway car break-ins

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(KATV) Conway - Car break-ins don't just happen at night or in what are considered "bad parts of town". In Conway, the New Year has started with an uptick of car break-ins. 24 so far this year.

It takes less than a minute for a thief to break your car window and take anything in reach. Some law enforcement agencies estimate up to a quarter of car thefts are from unlocked cars. What both scenarios have in common is valuables left out in the open.

It's a crime of opportunity and nobody is immune from becoming a victim. Ben Alexander says, "One of my really good friends, his car got broken into. They punched the glass and stole his wallet and ripped his CD player out of his car."

Alexander says he is now compulsive about making sure his car is not inviting. "I'll walk away after I have already checked it twice and run back and think did I lock the doors, did I hide everything, did I take all my valuables out?"

Latresha Woodruff says, "You don't think it's going to happen to you until it happens to you." Woodruff, with the Conway Police Department says half the break-ins happened to cars with valuables in plain sight whether doors are locked or not. "And they've been smashing the windows to get to them."

Police don't have hard leads and says several thefts happened on the same day, "Six of them are likely connected, probably the same person or group."

The thefts are widespread in the city, not easily handled by patrol. Woodruff says unfortunately many of these cases go unsolved. "Once we get out there it's over and done with."

Channel Seven contacted several of the victims. They said their wallets were stolen with credit cards, cash and drivers license. One victim had all her relatives social security cards in her purse.

In one case, the officer on the scene took it upon himself to drive to the closest dumpster and found one victim's empty purse and the ID of another.

Even though 24 car break-ins is high compared to last year. August of 2010, Conway had 51 car break-in reports. For that story, click here.