Norma Lloyd left her purse sitting on the front seat of her car one night. When she walked out to the driveway the next morning, it was gone.
"It makes me very angry that they would vandalize and not be thinking about the people who are involved," she said.
Thieves also struck Lloyd's Lochmere neighbors. Cary police counted eight smash-and-grab thefts on her street alone. Police records show 21 car break-ins took place in the Lochmere and Lake Pine areas during the past week. Police think two suspects or two groups may be responsible.
"There's one group that likes to smash windows and another that hits unlocked cars," said Cary Police Sgt. Randall Swallow.
Police took fingerprints from Lloyd's car and others. They think a group of teenagers may have pulled off the crimes, but according to the Cary Police Department's own records, the likelihood of the thefts being solved is zero unless police catch a break.
"We'll send that particular report to the investigators, and they see all these types of reports and they will study trends. That's usually how we solve these things," Swallow said.
Cary police say their best advice is to never leave anything valuable in your car. If you know anything about the car break-ins, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at
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