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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  • by kbrite Location: Avon NC on Mar 20, 2009 at 03:04 PM
    It is worth noting that EVERY vehicle entered was unlocked!! EVERY ONE!!! Lock up and you will be fine. The days of we have never had to lock our vehicles are gone.
  • by This dog smokes Location: Greenville on Mar 20, 2009 at 01:46 PM
    No one deserves to get robbed.
  • by Barbara Location: Outer Banks on Mar 20, 2009 at 12:49 PM
    One of the best things about living here used to be that you didn't have to worry about slackers taking the things you work hard to buy. Get a job and buy your own stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by J Location: Gville on Mar 20, 2009 at 07:35 AM
    Guess what....When you leave your car unlocked, or you leave things in the open for people to see....you deserve to get ROBBED.
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