Burlington police investigate nine car burglaries
Posted August 9, 2008 10:06 p.m. EDT
Updated August 10, 2008 5:49 p.m. EDT
Burlington, N.C. — Police are investigating a series of car burglaries that occurred Thursday, mostly in the Alamance Crossing area.
Burlington police said someone broke into five vehicles in the Carousel Cinemas parking lot, three vehicles parked at an Olive Garden and one at a Cracker Barrel on Huffman Mill Road. The break-ins all occurred between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
In all cases, the burglars compromised the driver’s door lock and entered through the driver’s door. The burglars took pocketbooks, GPS Systems and a dashboard TV and speakers, police said.
Police said it appears the suspects were targeting vehicle electronics, cash and credit cards. One stolen credit card was used in Kernersville.
A black man operating a white Dodge Charger was spotted in the Cracker Barrel case. Police said he may be a suspect.
Motorists are urged to remove easily seen items, such as GPS systems, from unattended vehicles. Pocketbooks should be locked in the trunk.
Officers that although a GPS system might be out of plain view, burglars have targeted some vehicles due to the distinctive mark left on the windshield from a GPS mounting bracket.
Anyone with information should contact the Burlington Police Department at 336-229-3500 or Crime Stoppers at 336-229-7100.