After a rash of vehicle break-ins over the weekend, local law enforcement agencies are urging residents to take precautions before leaving their vehicles unattended.
This past weekend, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office reported 10 vehicle break-ins in the Meadowbrook subdivision off Windsor Spring Road, Lt. Lewis Blanchard said. Fourteen more vehicles were broken into in the area of the Manchester subdivision.
“In the majority of all cases, these vehicles are parked in neighborhoods on the street or within shopping centers and are left unlocked; often times, items of value are left visible,” he said.
Last week, Richmond County sheriff’s deputies handled several cases around the Windermere subdivision off Deans Bridge Road.
On April 20, a black man with hair braids and estimated to be in his 20s went to Smart Grocery, 3221 Wrightsboro Road, to cash several lottery tickets that had been stolen from vehicles. The man drove a white, older model Chevrolet Impala.
In Aiken, police are seeking two suspects who entered several vehicles in the Sage Creek subdivision April 23-24. Not long after the break-ins, the suspects tried to purchase items with a stolen credit card at the BP gas station at the corner of Whiskey and Powderhouse roads, according to a statement from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office on Monday. The card was stolen from one of the vehicles in Sage Creek.
Earlier this month, about 20 unlocked vehicles were burglarized in the River Bluff subdivision, according to a statement from the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
To prevent further break-ins, Blanchard said he advises people to take precautionary measures before leaving their cars, such as avoiding parking vehicles alongside roads. Motorist should also remove valuables from their vehicles and lock the doors, he said.