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Newton County sees rash of entering autos this week

COVINGTON — The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a flurry of complaints from throughout the county of cars being broken into and assorted valuables taken during the early morning hours.

“These types of thefts along with burglaries that are occurring are certainly taxing the resources of law enforcement agencies,” said NCSO Investigator Jeff Alexander, who added that the Criminal Investigations Division is actively investigating these auto break-ins, but the apparent increase in such activities does not seem to have a pattern.

“During the summertime and during school breaks things like this increase somewhat, but we don’t have a handle on age groups or anything so far,” he said.

“It would be great if people would lock their car, take valuables out of their cars and be extra vigilant,” Alexander said. “Maybe if they can leave a light on in the driveway — anything that would be a deterrent.”

He said recently at Factory Shoals Park there were two separate break-ins of vehicles and valuables were taken and it’s possible someone was watching and waiting when the victims left their vehicles.

“There’s always that element of society that preys on the innocence and trust of others,” he warned.

Among the entering auto complaints the NCSO received this week, mostly Monday night and early Tuesday morning, were the following:

• Knollwood Place, an unknown person broke the passenger side window from a vehicle and stole electronic items. A description of a suspected white pickup was given in this instance.

• River Crest Lane, an unknown person entered an unlocked truck and stole a wallet and its contents;

• Hunter’s Ridge subdivision, an unknown person entered a locked vehicle by smashing the passenger’s side front window and stealing a gym bag and its contents;

• Bohannon Road, an unknown person entered a locked vehicle by breaking the front passenger side window and stealing a bag and its contents;

• Malcom Road, an unknown person entered a locked vehicle by breaking the front passenger side window, but nothing was reported missing. The glove box of the vehicle had been opened;

• Fairway Trail, an unknown person broke out the driver’s window of a locked vehicle parked on the street. Nothing was reported missing.

• South River Road, an unknown person broke the passenger side window out of a truck and stole several items, including a handbag and its contents.

• Summer Breeze Court, Parker Terrace subdivision, a laptap computer and several other items were taken from an unlocked truck parked in the victim’s front yard.

• Alcovy Reserve Way, an unknown person broke the back passenger window of a vehicle and took a digital camera;

• East End Road, an unknown person broke out the passenger side window of a truck and stole a sub-woofer.