POLICE: Nosy neighbors help thwart theft, burglaries

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

Police say a group of watchful neighbors who witnessed men making their way through a La Grange subdivision in search of unlocked vehicles recently helped police make an arrest. 

The La Grange Police Department recently charged Nick Yepko, III, 19, of La Grange, and Ryan Vogel, 19, of Louisville, with attempted theft by unlawful taking. 

Police said the pair gained entry into an unlocked vehicle and began looking for money. Police found Yepko and Vogel after a neighbor called to report suspicious activity. 

Police arrested Yepko Nov. 14 for the offense after a warrant was issued. 

Vogel still has an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

The La Grange Police Department reminds residents that thieves tend to look for easy targets, such as vehicles with the doors unlocked or the windows down. 

Possible thieves are also attracted to cars with valuables left in plain sight, including purses sitting on the seat, laptop computers laying on the floor, wallets on the center console or cell phones and GPS units left on a dashboards. 

Police say the best deterrent against theft from vehicles is to keep vehicles secure and to remove valuables from the car or store them out of sight.

Any suspicious activity should be reported immediately to Oldham County Dispatch, 222-0111.

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