The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a rash of nearly two dozen vehicle break-ins reported in the Graniteville and North Augusta areas Sunday.
Deputies had 17 vehicle break-in calls in Graniteville and North Augusta and found that 20 vehicles had been broken into during those incidents; some of the homes had multiple vehicles entered, according to reports.
The break-ins in North Augusta were concentrated to Lake Greenwood Drive, Lake Lanier Court, Lake Murray Drive and Dove Lake Drive.
The ones in Graniteville occurred on Fairway Drive, Fairmont Drive, Bastian Court and Ackerman Drive.
As of Tuesday, no arrests have been made in relation to the break-ins, according to Sgt. Jason Feemster, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.
Some of the victims reported electronic items, money or financial transaction cards missing, but many reported nothing missing at all and said their glove boxes or consoles were only rummaged through, police said.
Of 17 calls, 13 of the owners said they left their vehicles unlocked, according to reports. Other owners said they believed their vehicles were locked, or that they weren’t sure.
“Make sure your vehicle doors are locked, and do not leave valuables in the vehicle,” Feemster said.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.