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Big Increase Of Beach Break-Ins

Police on North Carolina's Outer Banks say they saw more vehicle and residential break-ins this winter than usual, and thieves were primarily after electronic devices.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported Friday that Kill Devil Hills police say the thefts are more like those that happen in the summer, when there are more people in the resort area. Police say no one has been arrested.

Detective John Towler says there have been more than 40 thefts from unlocked vehicles since January. He says there have been some break ins of unoccupied houses.

On Hatteras Island, Dare County Chief Deputy Sheriff Phillip Etheridge said the past 12 months have been the worst he's seen in 24 years as a deputy.


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