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Guns and valuables stolen in rash of parked car thefts

According to Forsyth County authorities, thieves made off with guns, electronics and cash following a rash of vehicle break-ins which occurred overnight sometime late last week.

Between Feb. 21 and 23 more than 20 vehicles were burglarized all over Forsyth County.

Vehicles parked at homes in subdivisions off John Burruss Road in North Forsyth and Peachtree Parkway in South Forsyth, and vehicles parked publicly at the Big Creek Greenway off of McFarland parkway and vehicles in several other areas of the county were recently targeted by thieves.

Cpl. Doug Rainwater of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said the majority of these vehicles were likely specifically targeted because they were unlocked or had valuables visible from the windows.

Rainwater said the five vehicles that were targeted in the parking area for the Big Creek Greenway at McFarland Road Friday evening had been forcibly broken into and were likely perpetrated by criminals from outside of the county.

He said local law enforcement believes that the subdivision break-ins were done by young, local criminals that may be going through entire neighborhoods checking each car to find unlocked vehicles.

“These are teens or young adults in the area who aren’t going to make a lot of noise and are just looking for unlocked cars,” Rainwater said.

Reports said that three handguns, as well as laptop computers, Bluetooth speakers, knives, cash, wallets and sunglasses were taken from some of the vehicles.

Rainwater said cases of car break-ins tend to increase as the weather gets better, and those who leave their car doors unlocked or valuables in plain view can often become victims.

“If you are going to the Greenway, leave your valuables at home or hidden out of sight,” Rainwater said.

He also said that the fact that handguns were stolen was disturbing.

“That’s a big problem for us,” Rainwater said. “You may not realize that if you leave your gun in the car or under the seat, it might end up in the hands of an 18-year-old someday.” 

Rainwater said the incidents are currently under investigation by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, but the agency is working on “promising leads” in some of the cases.