The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

January 16, 2013

Police issue warnings after spate of break-ins

Van Holland

TARBORO — The Tarboro Police Department Investigative Division needs the community’s help to find the suspect or suspects who are responsible for breaking into six vehicles and a residence over the past week.

The areas targeted by the thieves were in the Forest Acres neighborhood and in the historic district along St. David and Baker Streets.

In each incident, the suspects stole firearms and miscellaneous valuable items  from each location.

The thieves targeted unsecured vehicles parked along the street. Sgt. Al Braxton said unlocked doors made the vehicles and their contents easy targets.

Braxton said this time of the year, criminals target easy access vehicles when citizens leave their vehicles unlocked or their residence unsecured.

“Criminals will target those who leave their personal items unattended and unsecured,” Braxton said. “This time of the year is a bad time, because criminals know that people have just received new belongings from the holidays.”

Law enforcement officials encourage citizens to secure their vehicles and not leave valuables out in the open.

The current spate of break-ins in the historic district is not the first. Last June, at least one residence in the vicinity of the Blount-Bridgers House was broken in to and all of the electronics stolen.

In September, the same resident discovered four men sneaking through a back yard area.

“Two were leaning up against the neighbor’s house acting all stealth like and the other two were coming up by back steps,” the resident wrote in a blog. “I stepped out from the back porch and said quite loudly, ‘May I help you?’ At this point the neighbor’s dogs went ballistic and the four guys took off.”

Anyone with information about these break-ins is asked to contact police. A cash reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. If you have information, call the police department non-emergency line at 641-4247 or call Det. Sgt. Bruce Edwards at 641-4201 or Det. Dwayne Owens at 641-4272.

All information will be kept confidential.