Investigators seek suspects in rash of break-ins

Published 6:31 pm Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Investigators continue to seek information about the perpetrators of a rash of car break-ins in Chocowinity.

Over a period of days in mid-December, vehicles on Whichards Beach Road, Bay Shore Drive, Memory Lane and other roads in the Twin Lakes area were ransacked for any items of value.

We had two days back to back that we had break-ins. One day was the real heavy day. … In one day, we had (break-ins) in the twenties. It looked like someone went from car to car to car,” said Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Rose. “We got hit pretty hard.”

Loose change, GPS units, medications and more disappeared from the cars and reports of the crimes came rolling into the sheriff’s office, according to Rose.

Rose said the one thing each of the thefts had in common was that all the vehicles had been left unlocked by their owners.

“Somebody had a field day with people who left their cars open. … Everyone does need to take their belongings in and keep them secured,” Rose said. “Please lock your stuff up.”

Rose said this type of crime seems to arise around the holiday season.

“I don’t know for sure that we can put statistics that there’s more (break-ins) in December because from time to time we do see rashes of break-ins,” Rose said. “It does seem that in November, December and even January, that property crimes go up a little bit.

Rose said investigators have been following up on a few leads regarding people who stay in the Twin Lakes area, but no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact Beaufort County Crime Stoppers by calling 252-974-6400 and through the Beaufort County Crime Stoppers Facebook page. Tips are anonymous: “Remember at Crime Stoppers, we only want your information, not your name,” the Facebook page reads.