When Teresa Pollock went to bed Monday, Aug. 17, there were three cars in the driveway of her Manchester Drive home. But the next morning her Chevrolet Impala was gone, and in its place was a BMW motorcycle.
Pollock called the Cary Police Department, and officers arrived around 8 a.m. She later learned the motorcycle had been stolen from her neighbor.
That Tuesday morning, the Cary Police Department said it received reports for 14 car break-ins, two motor vehicle thefts and one vehicle burglary with nearly all break-ins occurring in residential areas along Walnut Street and Kildaire Farm Road near Cary Towne Center. The incidents remain under investigation, and police are seeking information from the public to find suspects.
Monday, about a week later, the town cautioned residents about the recent rash of break-ins and offered tips to protect property.
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The Cary Police Department reported Monday that only unlocked vehicles or unlocked sheds were targeted. Items reported stolen included credit cards, cash and miscellaneous small electronics. No injuries were reported.
Lt. Brian Smith of Cary’s Criminal Investigations Division said there had been several more vehicle break-ins in the same area during the last few weeks.
“It seems to be tied together to one person or one group of indivials but right now we don’t have any leads,” he said.
Pollock’s car has yet to be recovered, she said.
She said she was raised in a community with little crime in rural, upstate New York. She said she never had to lock her vehicles, and in the 10 years she has lived near Cary Towne Center, it has been just as safe.
That was until last week when someone raided each of her family’s three cars and stole her purse, which contained the keys to the Impala inside.
“They found the set of keys and were able to hijack the Impala that way,” she said. “But it was interesting. They only took cash. They did throw my license and credit card on the floor in our truck.”
Moving forward, Pollock said she will lock all of her vehicles and will get security cameras at her home.
“I learned a hard lesson because I trusted too much,” she said. “I’ve learned that regardless of what neighborhood, what community, what municipality you live in, you’re never fully safe. There’s always going to be someone out there wanting to get something for nothing.”
The Cary Police Department said residents should lock their vehicles, sheds and garage doors every night.
“Nearly all of last week’s break-ins occurred in residential areas along Walnut Street and Kildaire Farm Road, but it’s a good reminder to all, no matter where you live, to be sure to secure car doors, shed doors, garages and any other exterior door, just like you lock your home’s front door before going to bed,” said Smith in a news release.
Anyone with information can contact the Cary Police Department at 919-460-4636. Crime Stoppers pays up to $2,500 for the arrest or indictment of those responsible for committing certain types of crimes. Calls will be kept confidential.
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608; @KTrogdon
Motor vehicle larcenies often are crimes of opportunity, according to the Cary Police Department, and can be prevented by following these tips:
▪ Avoid leaving valuables in plain view, including loose change and cash.
▪ Always roll up the windows and lock the car.
▪ Remember to take quick action in notifying police to help increase the chances of finding the suspect and preventing future incidents.