Junction City police are investigating a series of thefts from cars that might be related to the icy weather.
Officer Doug Combs said about a dozen cars were ransacked Monday night along Castle Rock Drive and Overlook Court. All of the cars were left unlocked and the thieves took mostly cash and some small, easy-to-grab items, Combs said. Several of the victims told Combs they left their cars unlocked because they were concerned about their doors freezing up.
A string of similar thefts, with cash and small items taken from unlocked vehicles, occurred about month ago along Ila Avenue and just outside Junction City on Bonta Lane, Combs and Boyle County Deputy Jim Wilcher said. Both officers said the break-ins are likely the work of juveniles.
"They are not smashing out windows and they are not taking everything, not cleaning the cars out," Wilcher said. "I'm pretty sure they're related. It's probably younger people making a quick hit."