String of vehicle break-ins around Lake Jeanette in Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — When Truman Caddell walked up to his truck last Thursday, he realized that his vehicle had been ransacked.

“My glove compartment was down, the console was up right there in the middle,” Caddell said.

Everything inside his truck was either thrown on the floor or front seat.

“It looked like they were in a real big hurry,” he said.

Caddell lives on Bass Chapel Road in the Lake Jeanette community.

He’s one of five people who had property stolen from their vehicles right from in front of their homes last Wednesday night, according to police.

A sixth victim had their car stolen.

In each case, the doors were unlocked, according to police.

“I always lock my doors, but I guess this was just one time I forgot to lock,” Caddell said.

Caddell says luckily nothing was stolen expect for an army lighter which held a lot of sentimental value to the Vietnam veteran.

Lt. Joe Kimmel with Greensboro police says the other victims weren’t so lucky, losing hundreds of dollars’ worth of property.

“Mostly cash, electronics, loose change anything that’s within view, within sight and easy to get,” Kimmel said.

Police believe the break-ins are related but haven’t made any arrests.

“Someone was going through the neighborhood and obviously trying unlocked doors,” Kimmel said.

In the meantime, police have been going door to door, reaching out to neighborhood watch groups and are urging residents to stay alert.

“Lock your stuff up, and keep your valuables out of sight,” Kimmel said.

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