Carteret County Sheriffs Officials are urging residents to lock their car doors as they investigate numerous “vehicle break-ins” in the county over the past week. Around this time every year (Halloween through Christmas) Carteret County officials see an increase in theft reports for suspects stealing items from UNLOCKED vehicles.
The most recent rash of vehicle “break-ins” occurred in the Barrington Ridge Subdivision, Bogue Pines MHP, Blue Bird Lane (off Nine Foot Rd), Cedar Key Subdivision (off Red Barn Rd) and Hedrick Estates (off Country Club Rd). Simply, suspects are going car to car checking vehicles to see if they’re unlocked. If the vehicle is locked, the suspects pass it by and move to the next vehicle. If the doors are unlocked, personal property is stolen.
Detectives said items that have been taken include cash, laptops, cell phones and cell phone equipment, change, pocketbooks, wallets, checkbooks, and credit cards.
Jason Wank, Chief Detective of the Sheriff’s Office strongly encourages people NOT to leave anything of value in your vehicle, including your firearms. Wank says although breaking out a window is rare and has not occurred during the recent stretch, you should not leave anything in plain view, such as a purse. Wank reminds residents to report suspicious activity 24 hours a day by calling 911 or the Carteret County Communications Center at 726-1911.
Detectives encourage residents to be aware of their neighborhoods and report suspicious people and vehicles. If it is safe to do so Wank says to write down the license plate number of suspicious vehicles especially parked near entrances. Most suspects will park and walk the neighborhood with a backpack or book bag.
Wank says he sees the same subdivisions being targeted over and over again. “I have personally charged and interviewed countless suspects over the past twenty years and the thieves always say the same thing…they target these subdivisions because that’s where the good stuff is left in unlocked cars”. Please remove valuables and lock your car doors.
Anyone with information can call the Carteret County Sheriffs Office at 252-728-8400, Carteret County Communications at 252-726-1911, or Crime Stoppers at 252-726-INFO