Person of interest

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a person of interest who may have information regarding 20 vehicle break-ins off KY 801 earlier this month.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a person of interest who may have information about nearly two dozen vehicles that were broken into in the Sharkey community earlier this month.

On Sept. 8 and 9, 20 vehicles were broken into near the area of Eagle Trace, Dogwood Estates, and Ellington Loop off KY 801.

Chief Deputy Joe Cline said the suspect(s) took anything they could find of value, including purses, wallets, GPS systems, cash, and other pieces of personal property.

Some citizens claimed the theft came from breaking their vehicle’s windows, while others said the vehicles that were unlocked were obviously rummaged through.

“We are interested in identifying a person of interest to speak with to gather information on who it could have been,” Cline said. “We are following up on leads we have been given and hopefully we can find out who is responsible.”

The sheriff’s office released two photos of the person in question, hoping someone will be able to identify them.

Law enforcement has been called to various locations across the county over the last few months in regard to similar situations.

Over the course of the last few months, about 20 vehicles were broken into downtown in the Knapp Avenue area with a few more being reported in Lakeview Heights.

Cline continues to warn citizens to make sure to lock up your valuables overnight and utilize efficient lighting to help keep personal property safe.

“Unfortunately, you can’t leave your home and vehicles unlocked like we used to,” he said. “Be sure to keep anything of value out of sight to dissuade criminals from attempting to steal your property.”

He added that if you have surveillance equipment on your property, advertise it so potential criminals will know they will be caught.

The sheriff’s office says the person of interest may be driving a dark colored pick-up truck. He was wearing a dark Under Armour hat, a black Nike sweatshirt, and glasses at the times the surveillance photos were taken.

If you have any information on the person of interest, contact Deputy Ruford Abner at the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office at 784-5446.

Brad Stacy can be reached at bstacy@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.