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Cary police warn of back-door burglaries

Posted January 9, 2013

— Police asked Wednesday for the public's help in identifying the person suspected in a recent string of commercial burglaries in Cary.

Sixteen businesses have been broken into over the last three weeks, police said. In each case, entry was made at the business’ rear door. Cash has been the primary target during the break-ins, and no injuries have been reported.

During a Wednesday morning burglary at the Carolina Café on Renaissance Park Place, police were able to capture an image of the suspected thief on security video. He is believed to be a thin man of average height was was last seen wearing jeans and a dark hooded sweatshirt and had his face covered.

Cary police reminded business owners to take steps to secure their shops and offices, such as having adequate outdoor lighting and working locks, keeping little or no cash on hand overnight and using security systems that record overnight activity.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call the Cary Police Department at 919-469-4012 or Cary Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2746.


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  • westernwake1 Jan 14, 2013

    "You need to do a little research crime has dropped significantly due to project phoenix...they require managers to get rid of people and have cleaned this town up." - conservatism is right

    This weekend I mapped all the historical crime information for apartment complexes involved in Project Phoenix. I took in account month-by-month reported public crime data for the complexes and the local surrounding communities while marking the date when each complex started their involvement with Project Phoenix.

    I stand corrected. There are decreasing reports of crime in each and every complex since they became involved in Project Phoenix. The drop is not huge, but the crime trend is definitely down.

    I'm a hard statistics type of person (that's what I do for a living). From the data I will have to say that Project Phoenix is effective.

  • liberalmindset Jan 11, 2013

    that wont help stop somebody who really wants to get in...nothing will, not even an alarm...

  • liberalmindset Jan 11, 2013

    will you argue with someone named liberalmindset? I actually agree with him..SMH

  • superman Jan 11, 2013

    You need to secure all doors and windows. Replace the short screws that hold the lock and the door plate. The screws they use is only to keep the lock from falling off. I replaced the screws in my door with 3 1/2 wood screws. It will take more than one kick to kick in the door. I also drilled two holes on each side of the middle of the window. Inserted a nail in the hole on both sides of the window. Also replaced the short screws in the window lock. With a window lock and two screws holding the edge of each window they would have to break the window to enter. Paint the nail heads the same color as the inside of the window. If you really want to get fancy you can cut off the nail so it doesnt stick outside the window frame. You wont notice the nail head when it is painted and the curtain will usually cover it anyway. You should also have a dead bolt lock on every door. With the short screws they use on locks you can lean on the door and get in.

  • Whookneww Jan 11, 2013

    No perfect communities for sure, although what happened in that said below Project Phoenix community was no joke. Enough said. I will not waste my time arguing with some named "Conservatism is right". SMH

  • conservatism is right Jan 10, 2013

    If you are expecting a perfect community with no crime not sure where you can go...

  • conservatism is right Jan 10, 2013

    What happened? One incident...things happen, Im sure they are no longer residents there your point??

  • Whookneww Jan 10, 2013

    Project Phoenix is a joke. Look what just happened in Hidden Oaks a few weeks ago. They are a Project Phoenix community.

  • conservatism is right Jan 9, 2013

    You need to do a little research crime has dropped significantly due to project phoenix...they require managers to get rid of people and have cleaned this town up.

  • westernwake1 Jan 9, 2013

    "The grove is no longer section 8 and doesnt cause nearly the amount of problems anymore...project phoenix has done wonders in apartment complexes by kicking out those who dont belong." -conservatism is right

    I live in the Cary Park area.. And No - Project Phoenix has done nothing to clean up the problem. Look at the crime report map. This is the same Cary police department that stood up in our local public meeting and stated that "They would not call the apartment management and demand that people not on the leases be kicked out of apartments" at the Grove. The Grove is still Section 8 because the government tax credits it was funded with require it to be Section 8.

    Of course, former Cary police chief Scott Cunningham was glad to call up the managment of The Grove back in 06/07 and make this demand (which cleared up the problems for two years). But he lived in Cary Park and had a personal stake in the problem.