GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. – Deputies in Guilford County are looking for a man believed to be connected to about 20 car break-ins reported in the Forest Oaks area.
Samuel Lamont Harris, 44, of Albemarle, is wanted and warrants against him are forthcoming, according to a Guilford County Sheriff’s Office press release.
Deputies responded to multiple calls Friday morning about the crimes, the first which was reported at about 4 a.m. on Weatherstone Drive.
“It certainly makes you feel a little bit violated, and like I said it could’ve been a lot worse, he had access into the garage door and could’ve gone in the garage and into the house,” said John Burns.
Burns said cash and other items were missing from his car Friday morning.
"There were numerous expensive items in the car that he could’ve grabbed but he didn’t. It looks like he looked at them, but I think he was just looking for the quick grab and go,” he said.
Deputies say the cars were all unlocked and that there were no forced entries.
A neighbor saw the man and yelled at him before calling 911, according to Captain Randy Shepherd with the Guilford County Sheriff's Office.
Shepherd said the suspect led deputies on a chase before crashing his car and taking off on foot.
He said the man approached an employee at a nearby Subway restaurant and asked several times to use her phone.
Dozens of deputies spent the day searching for Harris using K9 officers, ATVs and a drone.
Shepherd said Harris is not expected to be dangerous and is simply trying to flee the area.
Anyone with any information can call Guilford Metro Communications at (336) 373-2222, non-emergency line or CrimeStoppers at (336) 373-1000.