Cars stolen, broken into across the Piedmont

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Police are working to find the people responsible for a series of car break-ins and car thefts in cities across the Piedmont Triad.

Lt. Chris Weisner with High Point Police said two cars were stolen last night in the city. In the past several days, multiple cars have been broken into, including six in the Emerywood neighborhood, and others in the Palladium area.

In August in Mebane, 40 cars were broken into. Asst. Chief Chris Byrd said that's compared to six in Aug. 2015.

Winston-Salem police also sent out an alert Wednesday about recent car break-ins near Somerset Place Drive and Wynbrook Drive.

Police said a common trend is that, in many cases, doors are left unlocked.

"It's pretty easy to get into one of these housing developments and just walk the streets pulling on door handles," Weisner said. "We've had guns, GPS's, iPods, wallets, left in cars. But they're unlocked. It's almost creating a crime of opportunity."

Weisner said that police have arrested one person in connection to the recent break-ins, and he is a 16-year-old repeat offender. He said they are hoping to make another arrest soon.