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Rash of Car Break-ins Reported in Merriwether

web posted November 30, 2012

MERRIWETHER – A rash of car break-ins was reported in Merriwether on Wednesday morning with thieves making off with nearly $3,000 in cash and property from the victims. Most of the vehicles targeted were in Currytown Station and another in Birch Point. At this time the cases appear to be related and residents are advised to remove valuables from your vehicle and lock your car doors before your retire for the night. A total of six vehicles were targeted.

Five of the vehicles targeted were in Currytown Station on Phoenix Court and Currytown Boulevard. Thieves entered unlocked cars stealing pocketbooks, credit cards, cash, an iPhone4, watches, loose change, tools and a camera. All of the victims admitted they left the valuables inside the unlocked cars.

A sixth vehicle was targeted in Birch Point not far away. In a report filed the same morning the owner told the deputy that he got in his truck and noticed it had been rummaged through and was missing a $150 pair of designer sunglass.

A series of car break-ins in nothing new to Merriwether, but those that take place at this time of year generally see additional thefts reported. The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office has offered advice to homeowners a number of times when situations like this occur.

Among their suggestions is to remove all valuables from your vehicle when you arrive home. Lock the doors to your vehicles - thieves will not likely take the chance of breaking a window to steal and bring attention to their crimes - and set your car alarm. Most cars produced after 2002 have factory security systems already installed.

If you find your vehicles tampered with or rummaged through, report it at once, even if nothing is missing. Often fingerprints can be recovered and used during the investigation to find those responsible.

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