City of Lexington, KY

06/21/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/21/2018 08:42

Man arrested after breaking into cars at Shillito Park

Lexington Police Officers arrested Charles Michael Smith Jr., 45, and charged him with Theft by Unlawful Taking from Auto-(Felony), Criminal Mischief 1st degree, and Possession of Burglar's Tools.

On Tuesday, 06/19/2018, at approximately 8:17 p.m., officers were dispatched to Shillito Park at 300 W. Reynolds Rd. to assist an off duty officer who had been notified that vehicles in the park had their windows broken out and items stolen from them. The off duty officer was able to detain Smith after suspecting him of him stealing items from vehicles in the park. After an investigation was conducted, Smith was arrested and transported to FCDC with the listed charges.

Lexington police are reminding citizens to lock their car doors and not leave valuables in plain view. Leaving items in vehicles makes it an easy target for thieves to break into vehicles. Citizens should lock valuable items in their trunk or glove box prior to reaching their destination. If the vehicle doesn't have a trunk, citizens should take their valuables with them.

Anonymous tips, including photos and videos, can be submitted by texting LEXPD plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Information can also be sent anonymously through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020 or