Thieves break into Walnut Creek concertgoers' cars
Posted July 20, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — At least a dozen vehicles were broken into after a weekend concert at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh.
The crimes come less than a week after three men robbed the venue's box office of $500,000 in cash at gunpoint, locking some employees in a walk-in freezer. One man has been charged in the holdup, and police are searching for two others.
Some people who partied at the Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy concert at Walnut Creek on Saturday night decided to take cabs home or called a ride-share service, leaving their vehicles in the amphitheater's parking lots overnight. They discovered the break-ins when they returned Sunday to pick up the vehicles.
"My passenger window's been busted in. Everything had been pulled out of the center console, the dash, scattered all throughout the grass," Landon Buckley said Monday. "It's frustrating. You try to make a responsible decision and get a cab home from a concert."
Stephen Autry said both front windows on his car were smashed. "It was raining all day, so obviously there was some rain damage," he added.
Police reports show cash, electronics, sunglasses and a .40-caliber handgun were stolen from the vehicles.
Walnut Creek management declined to comment on the break-ins.
Autry said he has left his car and taken a cab home from events plenty of times without any problems, so he didn't give it a second thought on Saturday night.
"After this experience, I'm not going to leave my car anywhere," he said.
Off-duty law enforcement officers provide security during concerts at Walnut Creek, but the victims said the venue should have more security in the parking lots after hours.
"If they had had someone circling around, there's no reason they wouldn't be able to stop (the thieves) in at least one of the instances," Buckley said. "The fact that they were able to roam free from parking lot to parking lot is kind of alarming."
The victims noted that they saw no signs prohibiting overnight parking at Walnut Creek or warning people that they were parking at their own risk.
Police haven't made any arrests in the break-ins, and there was no indication the crimes were related to last week's box-office robbery.