Car vandalism sparks community watch program in High Point neighborhood

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Neighbors are launching a community watch group in reaction to a string of car robberies and vandalism.

Property Crimes Unit Supervisor Lt. Chris Weisner said the Legacy Drive neighborhood along Sandy Ridge Road in High Point doesn’t usually have crime but in the last month he has seen a drastic change.

“Out of the 40 cars that were broken into only two had the window knocked out, everything else was unlocked. We’ve had everything from laptops, GPS and we’ve had two guns stolen,” Weisner said.

Overnight Monday, eight cars in the same neighborhood had shot or smashed vehicle windows. Items from these cars were not taken.

“We haven’t found any projectiles, but we also haven’t found any other objects that would indicate anything, for example; rocks being thrown, bricks, pumpkins this time of a year are a big thing. So we’re thinking BB guns or pellet rifles are the culprit of the taking the windows out,” Weisner said.

The tight-knit neighborhood has a community Facebook page but plans to start a community watch to work with the police on ways to stay safe as a community.

Neighbor Steve Smith, who had personal items stolen from his car, said his wife thought of the idea to begin meeting.

Police said they have identified a suspect’s car but are still investigating.

The neighborhood is located within the High Point city limits but has a Colfax postal address.

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