The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

Local News

January 9, 2014

Police investigate Historic District break-ins

TARBORO — Tarboro police detectives are investigating a string of break-ins that have occurred in the Historic District since November. The last of the break-ins happened a couple of weeks before Christmas, but citizens in the area are still concerned.

Police reports state that their have been at least five break-ins in that area alone and others have happened in other sections and neighborhoods in town.

"Property crime is on the incline everywhere during this time of the year," Chief Damon Williams said. "During the holiday season and for a time period after that it is usually an increase in property crimes overall."

According to Williams, towns in the state that are comparable to the size of Tarboro, have a much higher percentage of property crimes than Tarboro.

"We have less property crimes than towns our size," Williams said. "We are about 30 percent lower than other towns this size and that is credited to the good job our officers do with patrolling the neighborhoods in town."

Some of the locations that were hit during the break-ins were St. Andrew Street, Johnston Street, Park Avenue and St. Patrick Street.

In one of the last break-ins reported to police, Williams said the homeowners had been out of town for an extended period of time.

An informal email network of homeowners in the area indicated the would-be burglars managed to get a door open, which apparently activated an alarm and scared them away.

Williams said there are several actions a homeowner could take to possibly prevent occurrences such as this from happening.

"If you're going out of town for a few weeks or more, let your neighbors know so they can watch out for any suspicious activity near your home," Williams said. "Also, you can call the police department to notify us and we can do a house check on the residence every night."

Police have been checking the pawn shops in Tarboro and surrounding areas to see if any of the stolen property would turn up. As of Wednesday, police hadn't found any of the property and had very few leads to go on.

WIlliams wants neighbors to be vigilant and keep their eyes open for suspicious activity in their respective areas.

Williams said their are several ways citizens can keep criminals out of their homes and can make sure their residences aren't broken into.

"Make sure your home and vehicle doors are locked when you are away from them," Williams said. "Those are simple things that can help avoid break-ins. Suspects can just walk down the street and pull on car door handles and if they are unlocked, then that is an easy target for them to steal from."

If you see anyone in your neighborhood that you don't recognize, or spot suspicious activity , Williams said to contact police so they can check on them.

There is a reward being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspects that are responsible for the crimes.

If you have any information regarding the break-ins, contact police at 641-4247 or Det. Sgt. Bruce Edwards at 641-4201 or Det. Dwayne Owens at 641-4272.

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