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Johnston authorities warn residents to lock cars following rash of break-ins

Posted May 2, 2016
Updated May 3, 2016

— The Johnston County Sheriff's Office is reminding residents to lock their car doors following a rash of break-ins inside a gated Clayton community.

The recent spree happened last Monday, inside the Village at Flowers Plantation. Thieves took items from 27 cars, including two handguns, a pistol and a knife.

Now, residents say they are concerned for their safety, despite the gates at the front of their neighborhood.

The gates are left open during the daylight hours, in part to allow access to the Pineville spa and fitness club.

"It is kind of scary because I am a single mom," said Gina Trotta. "We have some valid concerns. We have hundreds of residents that are coming in from the outside."

A spokesperson for Flowers Plantation said they are aware of the break-ins, and that residents voted last year to keep the gates open during the day, rather than pay an additional $200 per month to keep the gates functioning 24/7.

Developers say they are willing to change the policy if a majority of residents vote in favor for the change. Residents currently pay $170 each month in homeowners association fees.

No suspects have been arrested in connection with the break-ins.


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  • Fanny Chmelar May 3, 2016
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    Unlocked cars? And unwilling to pay for the ability to live that security-lazy lifestyle with that fancy gate they already have?

    Hopefully, but doubtfully, they'll at least recover the weapons. I'm sure any one of these residents wouldn't feel too great knowing that their laziness ended up with their "gun for protection" being used to commit a crime.

  • Robert Fotch Jr May 3, 2016
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    That's a great way to get yourself shot!