Authorities are investigating a recent rash of vehicle break-ins in north Forsyth neighborhoods.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has identified four teenage suspects and recovered nearly all of the property taken in 19 incidents that took place between July 13-15.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Wilson said one of the cases is being treated as a burglary because the vehicle entered was in a garage.
He said the possible suspects include three 16-year-olds and one 17-year-old, whose names have not been released. No charges have been filed.
The thefts totaled about $4,000 in electronics and other valuables, Wilson said.
They occurred in the neighborhoods of Arbor Meadows, which is off Spot Road, Nichols Creek, off Tribble Gap Road, and Lake Forest, off Hendrix Road.
A handgun reported stolen in one of the cases has not been recovered.
Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Gene Moss said the suspects are local teens.
"The community was a lot of help in the perpetrators being identified and property being recovered," said Moss, adding that Neighborhood Watch groups helped with the investigation.
All of the property was taken from unlocked vehicles and at least one witness reported seeing someone pulling on vehicle doors, investigators said.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Allan Frampton said while locked doors may not prevent a break-in, they do present an obstacle to would-be thieves.
"Forcing doors open can draw attention," Frampton said. "Every step you take creates another barrier for them to take your belongings."
Authorities also said residents should keep their garage doors closed and document identifying information, such as serial numbers, of their electronics, weapons and other valuables.