Lenexa police investigating string of car burglaries involving as many as 15 cars

LENEXA, Kan. -- Police in Lenexa are busy Tuesday morning investigating a string of car burglaries.

Police say just after 2 a.m., one person called 911 to report that their car had been rummaged through.

According to police, as many as 15 unlocked cars in the Berrington Park Subdivision in the 10900 block of Hauser were targeted. Police add that there could be even more victims as people wake up and find out they're missing things such as cell phones and change.

According to the sergeant, this is referred to as "car hopping."

Police say they were processing fingerprints and contacting owners. They also said they do have a person who was found in the area that they are talking to, but they have not yet listed that person as a suspect, just a person of interest.

Initially police posted a photo of a bike they say surfaced during their investigation and a Fox 4 News viewer recognized it as their bicycle.

Ephrance Steele, 9, told FOX 4's Kathy Quinn he knew it was his bike because there was rust under the seat, a rusty chain and missing grip bars.

The boy's father, Ephrance Steele, Sr., says his son's bike was taken before he got home from work. He says he noticed the bike was missing when he returned home from work.

"After hearing the stories, I'm thinking maybe our cars were checked, and they were locked so then the bike was right there at the front porch, but that is my assumption," Steele said. " We weren't there to see it."

Anyone with information is asked to call Lenexa police at (913) 477-7301 or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.