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Rash Of Car Break-Ins Concern Durham Police

Posted August 25, 2001

— Durham police are warning people who live in apartments to be careful with their cars. Over the last couple of weeks, thieves have broken into cars at nine apartment complexes. And it appears certain types of cars have been targeted.

"I was mad. I was really mad," said Kyle Gonzalez.

Gonzalez found his window smashed and his car broken into.

"They tried to take the radio and they couldn't get it out so they just ripped up the dashboard. Stole my cell phone. Trashed the car. Left glass everywhere," said Gonzalez.

The car parked next to his was also hit.

"I found the windows broken. My dash had been ripped apart. They took my CD player and I had an amplifier and a subwoofer in the back," said Douglas Makomva.

Durham police say there have been a string of break-ins on the south and west sides of town.

"It's not an expensive car, and not an expensive stereo and still people are trying to rip stuff off," said Gonzalez.

Eleven cars were broken into in one day, all the same make.

"Mainly Hondas are getting broken into. So apparently there's something easy about Hondas that we're really concerned about," said Lt. Ed Sarvis of the Durham Police Department.

Sarvis says the best thing is for everyone to watch out for each other.

"If you see anyone in the apartment complex that appears to be looking into windows or a couple of people that you know don't belong around a car, please call 911 immediately," said Sarvis.

"The only thing they can take now is the car, because I'm not going to leave anything in there," said Makomva.

If you have any information about these crimes call crimestoppers at (919) 683-1200. A reward of up to $1,200 is being offered.

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