The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a string of recent vehicle break-ins that they believe were committed by the same people.
Capt. Troy Elwell, a Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, said on Thursday that 22 break-ins have been reported since Sunday night. The incidents have been isolated to Gloverville, Warrenville and Graniteville, and have happened mainly at night, Elwell said.
“Most of them are not true breaking and entering autos,” he said. “They’re being left open by the owners.”
The thieves have taken a variety of items including money, purses, cell phones and electronics.
Elwell said investigators have made no arrests and have no suspects.
“We don’t have anything to go on at this point,” he said. “We have some names, but it’s based off of prior stuff that we’ve worked.”
The Sheriff’s Office is amping up its presence in the area to try and catch the thieves in action.
“We’ve reallocated some manpower and taken some guys on day shift and assigned them to night shift just to have some more eyes in the area to see if we can find anyone,” Elwell said. “Basically, what we’re doing is stopping anyone on foot in the area to find out why they’re there.”
Elwell said people can reduce their chances of becoming a victim by locking their vehicles, removing valuables each night and parking in a well-lit area.
“The No. 1 thing is to just lock your car,” Elwell said.
Anyone with information about the break-ins can call the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at (800) 922-3211, or CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at 888-CRIME-SC.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.