Wendell police investigating rash of break-ins

aspecht@newsobserver.comJune 10, 2013 

— Police are investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins in three Wendell neighborhoods.

Bill Carter, Wendell police chief, says at least 35 cars were broken into overnight Thursday in the Pepper Pointe, Timberlake, and Olde Wendell neighborhoods. Carter said he didn’t know the exact number of break-in reports because Wendell residents were calling the department throughout the day “after getting to work and realizing stuff is missing” from their car.

“The person typically went through the glove-box and side-door pockets,” Carter said. “Altogether, we had a laptop, some money, and some high-end sunglasses taken.”

Carter said police have “some leads” they’re pursuing, but declined to provide details. The department asks that anyone who sees suspicious activity to report it to police.

Nearly every raided car was unlocked, Carter said.

“It’s important that everyone remain vigilant. Lock your car doors and hide anything valuable like GPSs,” the chief said.

Josh Ritch, a Pepper Pointe resident, vowed to invest in cameras and a security system after discovering early Friday morning that his Chevy pickup had been thumbed-through.

“They didn’t take my Ray Bans, but took an expensive pair of white Oakleys ... and about $15 of spare cash,” Ritch said. “We have a dog who stays in the garage and normally barks, but I guess with the rain and all he didn’t hear them.”

Specht: 919-829-4826

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