Rash of vehicle break-ins strike three Burlington neighborhoods

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BURLINGTON, N.C. — Burlington police are warning residents about a rash of vehicle break-ins that began about one month ago.

Police said the suspects, who have been primarily targeting unlocked cars, have broken into more than 30 vehicles in three different neighborhoods within the past month alone.

The most recent incident occurred on Shirley Drive, where most residents said they were already aware of the 15 vehicles on their street that had become targets of theft.

Other neighborhoods that have been targeted include Springwood Park and Edgewood Avenue.

The suspects have been taking nearly anything they can make off with quickly, such as laptops, GPS units, CDs, and cash.

Mark Ashley said the suspects took only a few video games from the two cars that were broken into outside his home, but it still bothered him.

“Didn’t hear a thing. It was late at night. No one knew anything was going on until the next day when you went out and checked your cars and you knew something was up,” Ashley said.

Police said many of the break-ins could have been avoided if residents were sure to keep their vehicles locked overnight.