Investigators feel a series of automobile break-ins and auto thefts Thursday are the work of the same suspects who breezed through the area a few months ago.
According to Bulloch County Sheriff’s incident reports, a 2002 Chrysler Sebring stolen from Florence, S.C., was recovered on a street off Cecil Cassedy Road early Thursday morning. Around the same time, a Woodrum Road South woman reported a silver 2003 Dodge Durango stolen.
Bulloch County Sheriff’s Investigator Jared Akins said the Durango was recovered Friday in Augusta.
Several victims in the Glen Oaks subdivision, from where the Durango was taken, reported vehicles had been entered, some forcibly, with shattered or broken windows, reports stated.
Guns, laptop computers, cash and credit cards were stolen. There were also victims in the Hunter’s Pointe subdivision and Akins Pond Road reporting automobile break-ins.
The incidents echo similar crimes, Akins said. This makes the fourth time a rash of automobile break-ins, as well as related auto thefts and recovered stolen vehicles, occurred in Bulloch County since the end of June, he said.
In the past, other subdivisions in the Brooklet area were targeted as well, he said. Each time, a stolen vehicle was found in Bulloch County; a vehicle was reported stolen and several victims said their cars were entered, with a variety of items stolen, he said.
Effingham and other area counties have reported similar crime sprees, according to previous reports on the automobile break-ins.
While investigators are pursuing leads, residents can do the most to help solve and deter these crimes, Akins said.
“We’re really counting on people to take proactive steps, keep an eye on your neighbors and report anything suspicious,” he said.
Victims of recent crimes have said they heard noises or dogs barking but did not investigate or report the incident at the time, he said.
Investigators believe the same suspects are responsible for the series of thefts.
“The pattern in the same everywhere,” he said, describing how the suspects appear to steal a vehicle, travel to the next town, abandon that stolen vehicle and steal another after targeting several homes in one residential area.
Anyone with information on these incidents or any suspicious incident is asked to call the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office at (912) 764-8888, or call your local police department, Akins said.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.