Series of Wendell break-ins draws notice

CorrespondentMay 7, 2013 

— Police say it’s too early to declare that a rash of break-ins in the same neigborhood are related.

But the four incidents, which occurred between April 4 and 22 all involve the theft of the same kinds of items and similar methods of entry.

The four break-ins occurred in or near the Timberlake subdivision. Two of the homes are in the subdivision, and two of the homes are on Wendell Boulevard and back up to the subdivision.

Two of the break-ins happened during the day, one in the late evening and one at night, said police Chief Bill Carter. Items taken include jewelry, small electronics like computers, and cash. In one case, someone was at home but was sleeping. In that case, the perpetrators made what Carter called a “minimal entry” and took the items “within arm’s reach.”. “There was no confrontation. In all four of the cases, no one was injured,” Carter said.

No arrests have been made and the police are continuing the investigation. “We do have some leads but it is too early” to provide much information “since we are continuing to pursue this,” Carter said. Since each case displays evidence of forced entry, Carter urged homeowners to beef up personal security measures.

“Of course, thieves always look for the easy target,” he said. “Use your deadbolt locks and if you don’t have them, get them.”

Also, increasing outside lighting can help. “I would encourage those who don’t have motion sensors to consider them. They are easy to install, they are not expensive and if there is some kind of movement, it can pick it up.”

Police are also hoping residents in the area will help them.

“Be aware of who is in your neighborhood,” said Carter. “We depend on the community to be our eyes and ears. If you see someone suspicious or someone you don’t recognize, call us.”

Carter is asking anyone with information about the break-ins to call the Wendell Police Department at 365-4444.

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