Thomasville Times Enterprise

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March 18, 2014

Thieves strike unlocked vehicles

THOMASVILLE — A dozen unlocked vehicles were entered Sunday night or early Monday morning, with items taken ranging from prescription medication to cash.

Seven vehicles were entered in the Shallow Brook Farms residential subdivision off U.S. 319 South.

“Various items were reported taken, along with a large amount of cash,” said Capt. Steven Jones, Thomas County Sheriff’s Office public information officer.

Vehicles were entered at three residences on Pheasant Ridge, two on Spring Bok, one on Stallion Circle and one on Hawks Crest.

Jones said anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

On Monday morning, Thomasville police responded to the nearby Baytree Estates subdivision off 319 in reference to vehicles entered. Two Baytree Drive residents told officers their vehicles were entered.

One resident told officers that as he leaving for work, he found paperwork that had been in his vehicle on the wet ground. The man’s vehicle was unlocked.

At another Baytree Drive residence, a woman did not know her vehicle had been entered until she was notified by police checking vehicles in the neighborhood. The resident said her prescription medication was stolen, and a house key was taken from a key chain.

On Ivey Place in the Baytree subdivision, three unlocked vehicles were entered at the same residence.

 A wallet containing money and personal information was taken from one, money from another and medication from another.

“We are encouraging citizens to secure windows and doors of their vehicles at all times. It appears these thieves were checking for unsecured vehicles to enter. Also we advise people not to leave valuables in their vehicles,” said Lt. Eric Hampton, Thomasville Police Department public information officer.

Anyone with information about the crimes should contact the Thomasville Police Criminal Investigations Division at 227-3302 or Crimestoppers at 227-3305.

City and county officers think the incidents are the work of the same people.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.


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