The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging people to lock up and be on the lookout, following a string of vehicle break-ins this weekend.
Nine break-ins were reported in Graniteville, Warrenville and Beech Island between Saturday and Sunday, according to reports.
On Saturday, someone entered an RV parked at a home on Midland Drive in Graniteville. The suspect broke one window while trying to gain entry, but entered through the RV’s skylight and took firearms, a camera and a television.
On Sunday, two more vehicle break-ins were reported at a home on Midland Drive, according to reports. Electronics, a firearm, money and vehicle accessories were reported missing.
Two vehicle break-ins were reported on Lands End Drive in Warrenville on Sunday. In one, a GPS was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle, while money was stolen from the other.
There were two break-ins on Avondale Lane in Warrenville. Both vehicles were left unlocked but nothing was reported missing.
An MP3 player and headphones were reported missing from an unlocked vehicle on Pleasant Point Drive in Warrenville on Sunday, and electronics were reported missing from a vehicle broken into on Old Jackson Highway in Beech Island on Sunday. A window had been broken in that vehicle.
No arrests have been made in the break-ins, and investigators have no leads right now. Sgt. Jason Feemster, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, said many thefts can be prevented by locking the vehicle doors.
“We encourage people to be mindful of that,” he said. “Lock your doors and don’t leave valuables inside. Help yourself to not be a victim.”
If you must leave valuables inside, don’t leave them in plain view, Feemster said. Also, make sure you document the serial numbers for any electronics.
“That way, in the event we find property that looks to be stolen, we’re able to run the numbers to find out if it is stolen,” he said.
If you have any information about the vehicle break-ins, call the Sheriff’s Office at 803-648-6811.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012.