Local authorities are on the lookout for several suspects they say entered 15 vehicles in the Haw Creek, Windermere Parkway and Jot Em Down Road areas of Forsyth County this week.
According to Cpl. Doug Rainwater, spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, between 2 and 4 a.m. on June 7, they believe that four or five suspects drove through neighborhoods in those areas, going from car to car, checking door handles and stealing any valuables inside.
He said that laptops, purses and other valuables were stolen from the unlocked vehicles.
“That’s what they are going for, easy access to credit cards, in a manner that doesn’t alert the owner until much later,” Rainwater said.
He said that one of the credit cards stolen in the spree was used just hours later by the suspects at a gas station within the county. Entering Auto and were described by Rainwater as a black male and a black female.
Rainwater said that in addition to the two suspects, they are looking for two vehicles they suspect were used in the crimes.
On Friday afternoon, the sheriff’s office took to Facebook with photos of the suspects and their vehicles, asking for any information the public might have on them to be passed on to their deputies.
“The two pictured individuals were later seen at a gas station making small purchases. These two individuals are possibly traveling with additional suspects who are not pictured and are driving the suspect vehicles,” the post stated.
Rainwater said that this most recent spree of thefts matches others that happen in the county throughout the year.
“Thieves go from driveway to driveway checking car doors, and they can check 10 vehicles in just a few minutes,” Rainwater said. “And people are still leaving valuables in their unlocked car.”
He said that car owners should take precautions by removing all valuables from their vehicle when left unattended, and by locking the vehicle’s doors every night.
He said that many of the vehicles that were entered in this latest spree had nothing taken.