Nearly 50 vehicles stolen in North Knoxville neighborhoods

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knoxville Police Department is investigating after nearly 50 cars in North Knoxville neighborhoods were broken into in 3 days.

Police have received at least 34 reports of break-ins involving 48 parked cars in the 4th and Gill neighborhood and adjacent neighborhoods since the morning of Friday, July 8. A department spokesman said the perpetrators forced their way into cars by breaking a window or opening a door in almost every case.

Investigators suspect the same individual or group of individuals is involved based on similarities in time, location and method of entry to the cars.

A person of interest is seen in the photos shared by the police department, but that person has not been identified.

Car thefts on the street
  • 11 Armstrong Avenue
  • 5 at Kenyon Street
  • 4 West/East Glenwood Avenue
  • 3 at Haynes Place
  • 3 on Gratz Street
  • 2 at Folsom Avenue

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Police have shared the following images of a person of interest in the break-ins.

There are several ways to provide anonymous information to Crime Stoppers. You can call 865-215-7165send a text message **TIPS, go online to www.easttnvalleycrimestoppers.org, through the free mobile app, P3 Tips, or on the East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers Facebook page. Tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward.

The Knoxville Police Department’s Property Crimes Unit is investigating the series of break-ins. No suspects have been identified at this time.

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