MINT HILL – Mint Hill police are asking people to lock their vehicles after a string of break-ins in which only one of 17 vehicles was locked.
“Nine times out of 10 when we are having these car break-ins, every single car is unlocked,” Lt. John Rowell, with the Mint Hill Police Department, said. “It’s so easy for them to just walk from house to house.”
Seventeen vehicles were broken into during the overnight hours of Aug. 19 and 20 in neighborhoods along Margaret-Wallace Road, Bartlett Road and in the Oxfordshire neighborhood, according to a news release from the department. Police believe the break-ins occurred between 1:30 and 5 a.m.
Items stolen included laptops, GPS units, wallets, a firearm and more. The one car broken into that was locked had a purse in plain sight in the back seat.
“They are going to smash the window if they know, ‘Hey, there’s a purse, a computer, whatever.’ But most people aren’t going to risk breaking into something if they don’t know if they are going to get something out of it,” Rowell said.
Another common item most people leave out in a vehicle, which can lead to a break-in, is the suction cup on the windshield for a GPS unit.
“Don’t leave your GPS hanging in to window. If you have the little suction cup hanging on the window they know it’s going to be in the car,” Rowell added.
No arrests had been made as of Wednesday, Aug. 28, but police do have suspects.
Nearby Indian Trail also saw a string of vehicle break-ins on Aug. 27, but the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Mint Hill Police Department do not believe the two incidents are connected, Rowell said in an email.
Anyone with information about the break-ins can call the Mint Hill Police Department at 704-545-1085. Information can be given anonymously.
The Mint Hill Police Department has information on the town’s website, www.minthill.com, about how to make your car and home safer from break-ins.