Wendell has 10 vehicle break-ins over three days

mhankerson@newsobserver.comJanuary 10, 2014 

— Police are asking residents to take extra care and make sure they are locking their vehicles after a string of vehicle break-ins over the past week and a half.

On New Year’s Day on the 400 block of Mattox Streeet, two cars were broken into. Police reports indicate some change was taken from the car.

Three days later on Jan. 4, three cars were broken into on the 300 block of Haywood Street. In two of those incidences, the suspect took clothes from one car and a Galaxy tablet from another.

On Jan. 5 on the same block of Haywood, five more cars were broken into.

Wendell Police said the break-ins actually started in December and were also near Wood Green and Cedarmere drives.

“The biggest thing that spiked our interest (is that we) see those types of things around the holidays … (but) now we're past the bulk of the holiday season,” Wendell police chief Bill Carter said.

Carter said the department will pursue any leads they have, though there aren’t any definitive ones. The department is considering the possibility that the break-ins are related.

“Anytime you have multiple offenses on the same night on the same street you have to reasonably assume theyre connected,” he said.

The town released an e-newsletter that provided the town with reminders to try to reduce the number of break-ins.

The newsletter emphasized the importance of locking vehicle doors, as it said most of the vehicles involved in the break-ins were unlocked.

Wendell Police have also suggested people should make sure any valuables are not visible in the car and cars should be parked in well-lit areas.

This isn’t Wendell’s only string of break-ins recently. In early summer, the town had a similar situation on a much larger scale, Carter said.

He said they were able to resolve most of those incidences.

Hankerson: 919-829-4826; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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