A 20-year-old Louisville man and two juveniles have been charged in relation to recent thefts from unlocked cars in Grayson and Breckinridge counties.

According to the Leitchfield Police Department, Joshua D. Grubbs, 20, of Louisville, and two juveniles have been charged in connection with the thefts from unlocked vehicles that occurred earlier this month.

A press release from the LPD states that on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at approximately 3:06 a.m., the Leitchfield Police Department began receiving reports of numerous thefts from unlocked vehicles at multiple locations in the northern Leitchfield area.

Items stolen from the unlocked vehicles included mostly money, loose change, two purses and a wallet that had been left in the vehicles. One handgun was also taken from a vehicle.

The LPD worked with Breckinridge County Sheriff's Office to investigate the thefts, and they concluded that the suspects targeted unlocked vehicles, intentionally passing over vehicles that were locked.

According to the LPD, at least 30 vehicles were reported as having items taken from them, but only nine of them were in Leitchfield.

In Grayson County, Grubbs has been charged with theft by unlawful taking, firearm, complicity (a Class D felony); two counts of unlawful transaction with a minor, second degree (a Class D felony); nine counts of theft by unlawful taking, contents from vehicle, under $500 (a Class A misdemeanor); 18 counts of unlawful transaction with a minor, third degree (a Class A misdemeanor); and nine counts of criminal trespassing, third degree (violation).

The juveniles were charged with theft by unlawful taking, firearm, complicity; nine counts of theft by unlawful taking, contents from vehicle, under $500; and nine counts of criminal trespassing, third degree.

Grubbs and the minors also received several charges in Breckinridge County. Grubbs has not been booked into either the Grayson County Detention Center or the Breckinridge County Jail. Additional charges are pending, and the investigation is ongoing, police say.

Anyone with additional information about these crimes is encouraged to contact the Leitchfield Police Department at 270-259-3850.

The LPD wishes to use this opportunity to raise awareness among residents to always make sure their vehicles are locked and to never leave items of value inside their vehicles, if possible; if doing so is not possible, make sure valuables are stored out of sight.