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Thieves break into Walnut Creek concertgoers' cars

Posted July 20, 2015

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— 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.

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  • Jack Handy Jul 21, 2015
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    How is this news? Sounds like cars being left with good pickings in them, by lazy folks not concerned about taking care of their own property. Get a designated driver. The victims did not note they saw any signs saying security is going to look after their cars for free all night and part of the next day.

  • Belle Boyd Jul 21, 2015
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    They could also argue it is the car owner's fault. "You were dumb enough to leave your car there..." or whatever. Another thing is if you know you are going to drink or might drink you could plan ahead and carpool with someone (like a DD) or get a car service to bring you/pick-up. This argument could go either way...so it is like a heads or tails situation.

  • Sean Creasy Jul 21, 2015
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    I totally agree but here's the thing: they charge an ungodly amount to park there that is automatically added to the price of everyone's ticket. They also provide alcohol at outrageous prices... Needless to say they make quite a bit of profit from these two actions...Therefore they (Walnut Creek) should be held responsible for cars that need to be left in the lots because people don't feel comfortable driving after attending a venue there....

  • Angie Cox Jul 21, 2015
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    I went to the Kid Rock concert and got there early. I felt very unsafe as there was a guy who was alone roaming the parking lot and you know he did not have a ticket nor was he going to THIS concert. my friend even made a comment I bet he's walking around scoping out what people have so when we walk through the gate all of our stuff will be gone as nobody will be in the parking lot. maybe they should only allow folks in the parking lot who hold concert tickets.

  • Angie Cox Jul 21, 2015
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    totally agree!

  • Paul Jones Jul 21, 2015
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    Dean, I don't drink, but nonetheless disagree with you. Alcohol has been consumed by people all around the world for thousands of years. Accept that fact and rethink your judgment.

    The fact they left their cars their is good. If they felt that they might not be safe driving, good! We should applaud then for not being careless and causing a deadly accident.

  • Angel Nardo-Myers Jul 20, 2015
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    Our car was broken in to Friday morning at Walnut Creek Softball Complex next to the concert venue

  • Sherrill Craig Jul 20, 2015
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    incredibly well said.

  • Tim Dean Jul 20, 2015
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    I don't feel sorry for ya. Let the alcohol run( not ruin) but run your life. Should have stayed sober and take your vehicle home. Three innocent persons dead at mile marker 163 because of alcohol. "Drink-up"

  • Jim Frei Jul 20, 2015
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    Walnut Creek is located in southeast Raleigh. I do not need to say anything else.