Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a recent rash of break-ins to mostly unlocked vehicles at homes east of Lincolnton. The break-ins occurred to vehicles parked at residences on Ivy Creek Road, Arbor Hills Drive, Weatherwood Road, and Stoney Ridge Road in Lincolnton and Golf Course Drive, South in Denver between December 22 and December 27.
In one of the vehicle break-ins, a Smith and Wesson pistol, a laptop, credit cards, personal identification and wallet were stolen. Multiple unlocked vehicles in the neighborhoods were searched by the individual or individuals. All vehicles parked in the area that were locked were not tampered with except for the vehicle on Golf Course Drive, South Denver. In that incident someone punched out the door lock to gain entry and remove a pistol from the car.
However, thieves have a tendency to break into unlocked vehicles because they want to get in and out of the area as quick as possible. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is offering the following tips to protect citizens from being victimized.
Lock your vehicle every time you leave, even for a short time. Don’t leave valuable items in plain view. If you place items in the trunk, do it discreetly or before you arrive at your destination. If your car is parked in a carport or near your home, leave your exterior lights on at night. If you park on a street, choose a well-lit, open and visible space. Residents should also document and record all serial numbers on any items left in a vehicle.
If you have information on any of the break-ins you are asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. All tips will be investigated and if your Crime Stoppers tip leads to an arrest you could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 and callers remain anonymous.