7 car breaks-ins reported in Paducah, search for suspect continues

Seven car break-ins have been reported by the Paducah Police Department and McCracken County Sheriff’s Department. The incidents occurred within just 32 hours.

All the cars reportedly broken into were locked. Paducah Police responded to five on Thursday. Three were at the First Baptist Church around 10 a.m. Another was reported at Keiler Park at 1 p.m., and at 7:30 p.m. the fifth report was taken at Baptist Health Paducah’s parking garage.

Friday morning, Paducah police responded to another break-in at the Little Disciples Child Care Center on Memorial Drive. Minutes later, McCracken County Sheriff Deputies responded to another day care center: Building-Blocks Christ Center on Husband Road.

Rachel Redd was dropping her niece off at work. She drove from Eddyville. Instead of visiting with family, she spent most of her afternoon cleaning up her driver-side window off the ground. “If I can accept this and get through this, then I’m going to be okay,” Redd said. She lost an inhaler and other medicine she needs every day.

Redd’s niece, Delisha Burks, is the director of the day care center and says this made her worry about the safety of the kids inside. “It’s heartbreaking because it’s my aunt’s car. She was doing a good deed by taking me to work. And then her car gets broken into,” she said.

Building-Blocks owner Jeff Shelf says his business has operated for 20 years crime-free. Friday, he made contact with the suspect and tried to stop him. He says he feels for his customer who was a victim of the crime. “She’s by herself, raising three grandchildren. She can’t afford something like this,” he said.

Shelf says the suspect was driving a 2015 white Buick Enclave. Deputies say it’s a rental with Michigan license plates.

If you know anything about the suspect, you can call Paducah Police at 270-444-8550 or crime stoppers at 270-443-TELL. If your tip leads to an arrest, you could get a $1,000 reward. 

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