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Crime Stoppers is appealing to the public for any information anyone has about six cars that were torched Thursday night at a local auto repair business.
Shelby County Detective Jason Rice said the vehicles, which were awaiting repair, were parked on the lot of Bailey's Service Center on Hill 'n' Dale Drive behind Walmart when the vandalism occurred.
Shelbyville Police Officer Istvan Kovacs, who works with Crime Stoppers, said that Senior Deputy State Fire Marshal Rob Goodwin, who is heading up the investigation, believes that arson is involved because the windows were broken out of the cars so that rags soaked with accelerants could be thrown inside the vehicles.
In addition to the fires, the business itself was broken into, and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken, Kovacs said.
Also, Miles Farm Center, a business located very near Bailey's, on Taylorsville Road, was burglarized at about the same time that night. No vandalism occurred there, but cash was taken.
These crimes happened at about 12:30 a.m., when police received a call about the car fires. Police have no video surveillance photos because the perpetrators the power source at the business, thus disabling the camera.
Rice said the that same person is thought to be responsible for both break-ins, but he said he is not sure if a break-in at Michael's Landscaping can also be attributed to the same person. That break-in happened that night also but was on the other end of town behind the McDonald's at the intersection of U.S. 60 and Ky. 53.
A week earlier, on May 14, several cars were broken into, virtually all over town, and Crime Stoppers is still seeking information on those incidents as well.
Kovacs said that despite these two recent crime sprees, he really couldn't say that crime is on the upswing.
"These types of things are seasonal," he said. "There are peak times during the year when crime goes up - usually around the holidays, or when school is out, such as during spring break. Also, we see more of these types of crimes in warm weather."
Anyone with information relating to these incidents, no matter how small, is encouraged to call. Crimes are usually solved by insignificant details. You can remain anonymous and still receive a cash reward up to $1,000. Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 633-4500.