Spree of ve­hi­cle break-ins hit Al­covy Cross­ing

The Covington News - - Front page - DANIELLE EVER­SON deverson@cov­news.com

Sev­eral home­own­ers in the Al­covy Cross­ing sub­di­vi­sion called the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice to re­port their ve­hi­cles be­ing bro­ken into Satur­day morn­ing be­tween 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports from the sher­iff’s of­fice, some­one broke into at least 12 ve­hi­cles and took money and per­sonal be­long­ings from res­i­dents in the neigh­bor­hood. Some of those items in­cluded iPads, iPods, weapons and purses. One man even re­ported that his 2000 Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado was stolen out of his drive­way.

NCSO spokesman 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell said calls started com­ing in early Satur­day morn­ing as peo­ple started wak­ing up and re­al­iz­ing things were miss­ing from their cars. He said this gave them rea­son to be­lieve the cases were re­lated.

“We’re in­ves­ti­gat­ing them as they’re all be­ing re­lated be­cause they’re all in the same sub­di­vi­sion on the same date, same lo­ca­tion and around the same time,” Mitchell said. “We have in­ves­ti­ga­tors cur­rently in the field work­ing try­ing to run down leads to see who is re­spon­si­ble for this.”

Mitchell said most ve­hi­cles were bro­ken into by force, but other ve­hi­cles were left un­locked. Mitchell said the sher­iff’s of­fice is still work­ing to find out the method used to get into the ve­hi­cles, but he urged res­i­dents to lock their car doors at all times.

“We tell cit­i­zens not to keep their per­sonal items such as purses and weapons in their ve­hi­cles overnight,” he said. “If peo­ple hear noises in the mid­dle of the night or even a dog bark­ing, get up and call 911 im­me­di­ately.”

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