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Officers urging precautions after rash of car break-ins across area

Monday, April 28, 2014 5:49 PM
Last updated Tuesday, April 29, 2014 12:33 AM
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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.

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Police say these suspects attempted to use a credit card stolen from a vehicle to purchase goods shortly after committing the crime.   AIKEN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Police say these suspects attempted to use a credit card stolen from a vehicle to purchase goods shortly after committing the crime.

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.

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d1zmljqg 04/29/14 - 01:38 pm
More citizen vigilance

Please, this is just another area where citizen vigilance is required. The criminal element in our society is not shrinking, we need to do all we can to get any aspect of criminal activity brought before the courts and the crooks into the penal system!

nocnoc 04/29/14 - 08:08 am
Misuse of the term CAR BREAK IN

Most of the cars are not BROKEN INTO, because the Car Doors are left unlocked.

Some Bloggers here admit to leaving theirs unlocked to deter window damage.

Just take your Valuables OUT of the Vehicle. We keep a cloth Sack on the Back Seat and place the Traffic Cam, GPS and Radar Unit it when we lock up at night.

In my case I just set up a Drive Way Monitoring system.
A camera system wired to the AV port in my TV and 2 Driveway Patrol
Devices purchased at Harbor Freight for under $18.00. I then mount the devices 3 feet high to miss 4 legged animals & place a

A Frangible 00 loaded 12 Ga with Spotlight stood next to the bedroom door.

jimmymac 04/29/14 - 09:00 am

The problem with these types of crimes is when they're caught little or nothing will be done to them and they know it. Banks and business could bring credit card theft to a halt by requiring ID's be used when using a credit card.

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