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Rash of Car Break-Ins Reported in Stephens Mill

web posted August 7, 2014

MERRIWETHER As people awoke Tuesday morning to go to work or school they found their vehicles had been targeted by thieves overnight and began calling 911 to report the crimes, the first call came in just before 6 am and they continued well into the afternoon when people arrived home. Before the day was over, a total of 19 vehicles had been targeted with thieves making off with nearly $2,800 in property or cash left in the vehicles.

All but two of the vehicles entered were either left unlocked or had the windows down, making access easy. The secured vehicles  had the lock had been punched out to gain entry and the other had a faulty lock on a back window.

Investigators processed and photographed all of the cars that had not been entered or disturbed by the owner, which would contaminate the evidence left behind. Fingerprints were recovered from many of the vehicles during the process. 

Some of the residents have speculated it may have been teenagers that were responsible.

Among some of the stolen items were GPS units, jewelry including a wedding band, pocketbooks and purses, credits cards, social security cards and other personal information, name brand sunglasses, cigarettes and cologne.

The cases are currently being investigated and are related. There was no word if additional vehicles had been reported by Wednesday or if owners of vehicles already reported added property just discovered missing that was overlooked at the time.

The location of the cars were found on the following streets; Stephens Mill Court, Long Road, Bakers Branch and Stephens Road - which adjoins the Stephens Mill subdivision.

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