WCSO investigating vehicle break-ins; reminds residents to lock car doors

Published 2:47 pm Thursday, April 13, 2023

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JONESBOROUGH – The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, along with other area agencies, are investigating multiple vehicle burglaries.
Every one of the vehicles impacted were unlocked with valuables visible.
“It appears to be the same group hitting unlocked vehicles in neighborhoods,” Sheriff Keith Sexton said. “They’re not forcing their way into cars and trucks to dig through glove boxes and swipe purses.”
Of the more than 40 reported break-ins, around a dozen included theft of firearms that were left unsecured in vehicles. WCSO as well as other departments have stepped up overnight patrols with additional officers.
“If your home security camera alerts you to activity overnight, please check it and call 911 if you see something suspicious,” Sexton said. “Several homeowners in neighborhoods affected by the burglaries have provided us with footage from their home security cameras, and while that is definitely helpful, we would like to catch them as they work through neighborhoods. If you see something, please call 911 immediately.”
Sheriff Sexton offered up the following tips to keep your vehicle safe:
  • Lock your vehicles.
  • Be a responsible gun owner and secure your weapon in your home each night.
  • Do not leave valuables (purses, backpacks, laptops, cash) in your vehicles.
  • Call 911 if you see anything suspicious.

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