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Car break-in spree investigated by Forsyth County authorities
Car break-in
Officials say residents can eliminate thieves’ incentive to break in by removing valuables from vehicles, consistently locking vehicle doors and by “double locking” valuables in a trunk or glove box.

For the past two weeks, many residents of Forsyth County have been victims to car thefts and break-ins in neighborhoods and businesses around the county.

According to Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office incident reports, on June 15, a woman walked into a gas station, not recognizing that her car was still unlocked. When she came back out, she realized that the $300 that was in her cup holder was taken. Security cameras around the gas station are being reviewed by law enforcement.

About a week later, four other people became victims to car break-ins as well. After exercising at the Planet Fitness Gym at 131 Merchants Square in Cumming, residents noticed that the locks on their cars had been busted and valuables stolen. 

A series of credit cards, debit cards, driver’s licenses, Social Security cards, an iPhone and a collective amount of $220 in cash was stolen in this incident. Reports state that the stolen bank cards were used at a nearby Target by the thief before the victims could cancel their cards. Unbeknownst to the thief, he was caught on camera at the shopping center. Fingerprints were also taken at the scene of the crime.

Other reports state that on the night of June 24, a series of car break-ins took place in residential areas of the county. 

One car that had been left unlocked in the driveway of a residence on Rilandite Cove in west Forsyth, making it easy to access. Reports state that the vehicle’s keys were left in the center console and a wallet with bank cards and cash were left in the car. The thief took the car and its contents, but the car was found later on Shallowford Road in DeKalb County near I-85.

A car in the same neighborhood was also broken into, but the vehicle was not taken this time. Instead, the thief took the wallet that was in the vehicle, which was left unlocked by the owner. Four of the bank cards that were taken were used at stores throughout Forsyth County before the owner canceled all of the cards. 

About 20 minutes away, on the same night, the passenger window of a locked vehicle was found broken and about $400 was taken from its glove box.

All of the car break-ins above are being investigated by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

To protect your vehicle and decrease your chances of being robbed, authorities say that you should always lock your car doors, hide any valuables or take them with you wherever you go, and invest in a home security camera or doorbell camera.

Also, if you see anything suspicious, contact the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office by calling 911. 

- By Alyssa Freyman for the Forsyth County News