The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is investigating multiple vehicle break-ins that happened during services at a Langley church on Sunday night.
According to a report, four vehicles were broken into in the parking lot of the Langley Church of God on Jefferson Davis Highway between 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. A passenger window in each vehicle had been broken out where the suspects gained entry.
On one of the vehicles, it appeared the suspect broke the glass by leveraging a tool between the glass and the door, according to the report. Clear markings found on a window indicated that gloves had been worn during the incident.
Cash, electronics, keys, purses and wallets and their contents were reported missing from the vehicles.
According to the report, while officers were on the scene, one of the victims received a call from the Wells Fargo office on Broad Street in Augusta, telling her that her wallet had been brought to that location. A security guard at the office told officers a man entered the building at 8:25 p.m. and told him he found the purse outside on Broad Street and brought it inside since it contained a Wells Fargo card.
The guard said the man appeared to be homeless, according to the report. No other information on him was available.
Capt. Troy Elwell said that, besides locking the doors, the most important thing motorists can do to avoid becoming a target for vehicle break-ins is to hide or remove all valuables in the vehicle. He suggested placing the items under a seat or in the trunk.
“These guys don’t just break into a car that doesn’t have anything in plain view,” he said. “There’s a reason that vehicle was targeted instead of the vehicle parked beside it. The No. 1 thing you can do is lock your doors. The No. 2 thing you can do is hide anything in plain view.”
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.