Chain of car break-ins hits schools, churches

A spate of broad daylight car break-ins occurred throughout Farragut last week in high profile areas that included St. John Neumann Catholic School, Farragut Primary School, First Baptist Concord and First Farragut United Methodist Church.

In most of the cases, only one car seemed to be targeted in each of the specific parking areas, and all followed the same procedure: back windows were broken out, then any purses or wallets — typically high-end — were taken.

The incident at FPS occurred Tuesday, Oct. 30, with the reporting victim noting theft of a Louis Vuitton makeup bag.

The remaining incidents occurred Wednesday, Oct. 31, with three reported to West Knox County Precinct of Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

One car was broken into at FBC, with the victim reporting the theft of a Dooney & Bourke handbag and a Michael Kors purse. At FFUM, two cars were broken into, with unspecified items stolen.

The theft at St. John Neumann also occurred Oct. 31, but was not reported to police — the victim, a school teacher, preferred her name not be used in this story. She, too, said her back window was broken out, and a Dooney & Bourke purse was stolen. In her case, she said the purse was not even in a location that could be well seen.

In another set of incidents that might be related, two car break-in was reported at Northshore Elementary School Monday, Oct. 29. A wallet was stolen from one — but nothing was taken from the second, as it seemed the perpetrator might have been scared off, according to Knoxville Police Department Public Information Officer Darrell DeBusk.

No arrests had been made at press deadline.