Law enforcement officials in both Barry and Lawrence counties continue to be plagued by a rash of vehicle break-ins and cautioning area residents to be aware of the situation.
"We've had probably 15 cars broken into in Lawrence County over the past two weeks," said Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay. "Nothing is centralized, leading us to believe the person or persons have a vehicle and can travel from one area to another.
"They are basically taking checkbooks, loose change, electronics, or anything they can find," DeLay said.
"It's aggravating," DeLay continued. "Pre-sently, we are trying to figure out if there is a connection to the events in Barry County or not."
Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly cautioned area residents to be defensive.
"Don't leave money, medications or any valuables in your car," Epperly said.
Suspects are breaking into vehicles at all times of the day or night. If vehicles are locked, the suspects break out windows to gain entry.
"It a shame for someone to have $10 of loose change in their car and have to replace a $100 window," DeLay said.