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A flurry of 911 calls kept deputies busy investigating a rash of car break-ins in the Panhandle early Tuesday, April 10.
A 911 dispatcher received the first call at 6:26 a.m., one of 13 separate pleas from residents who woke up to find their cars rifled through and belongings stolen.
Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw said deputies were constantly being dispatched to the northern end of the county as car owners discovered something was amiss inside their vehicles.
“It was one right after another for awhile there,” Shaw said.
He said the break-ins happened mostly within two Indian Land neighborhoods, at Brookchase, located off U.S. 521, and near Lakeview Landing, off Doby’s Bridge Road.
“These neighborhoods are about two miles apart, so it’s not like this happened on two opposite ends of the county,” he said. “There’s no doubt it’s the same person involved in both places.”
All of the vehicles were unlocked and there was no forced entry into any of them, Shaw said.
“There are a bunch of people working on it now, but one investigator will take the lead on this,” Shaw said.
According to multiple Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports, the following break-ins were reported:
– A woman in the 3000 block of Brookchase Boulevard reported at 6:26 a.m. that several items were taken from her unlocked vehicle, including a wallet filled with credit cards, a laptop, valued at $2,500, and six vials of an infusion drug used for treatment of a medical condition, valued at $60,000. Deputies found the medication tossed in a nearby yard.
– A man in the 3000 block of Brookchase Boulevard called 911 at 7:09 a.m. after noticing items from his glove box strewn on the floor of his unlocked vehicle, though only $12 was stolen.
– A married couple in the 3000 block of Brookchase Boulevard reported at 7:20 a.m. someone had gone through the center console of their unlocked SUV, though nothing was taken.
– At 8:02 a.m., a man in the 600 block of Lakeview Landing Road said he was about to take his children to school when he noticed the glove box and center console were open in his unlocked SUV. His son’s backpack was missing, though deputies found it in a nearby yard.
– Deputies spoke with a woman at 8:29 a.m. in the 400 block of Martha’s Vineyard Road who said someone went through her unlocked car overnight. A neighbor found the woman’s purse in a nearby yard. The woman told deputies she has noticed suspicious vehicles and people hanging around in her neighborhood, but couldn’t provide any details.
– A woman called 911 at 8:35 a.m. to report someone had taken her purse from her unlocked SUV in the 400 block of Brook Bluff Lane. Deputies found the purse and several of its contents in a nearby yard. No credit cards were taken, but $10 was missing from the purse.
– At 8:48 a.m., a woman in the 300 block of Pointe Carpenter Road said someone went through two of her cars and her pickup truck. The glove box was open in each, but nothing was taken.
– Deputies spoke with a man at 8:53 a.m. in the 400 block of Brook Bluff Lane about someone rifling through his glove box and stealing $5 from his unlocked truck.
– A woman in the 400 block of Martha’s Vineyard Road reported at 9:28 a.m. that someone went through her SUV’s glove box, though nothing was stolen.
– A man reported at 9:31 a.m. someone had gone through the glove box and center console of his unlocked truck in the 300 block of Pointe Carpenter Road, though nothing was stolen.
– An iPod was reported stolen from an unlocked car in the 400 block of Martha’s Vineyard Road. A teenage boy called 911 at 9:33 a.m. and said he found his trunk and glove box open and couldn’t find his iPod, valued at $120.
– A man reported at 10:06 a.m. that someone stole $140 worth of items from his wallet from an unlocked car in the 200 block of Pointe Carpenter Road.
– A woman flagged deputies down at 8:34 p.m. in the 4300 block of Cole Creek Drive to report someone rifled through her glove box and personal papers, though nothing was stolen.
About 23 miles south of the Indian Land incident, four other vehicle break-ins were reported at about the same time within a two-mile stretch of road in Lancaster.
At 8:35 p.m. April 8, a man called 911 to report someone had broken into his truck in the 1700 block of Edgeport Drive and stolen an amplifier and two speakers. Estimated total damage and cost of the stolen items is $1,100, a report said.
The next day, April 9, a woman called deputies at 5:51 a.m. to report someone stole items from an unlocked car in the 1800 block of Bridgewood Drive. The owner said three of the car’s doors had been tampered with and several items stolen, including a Nintendo DSI, Sony PSP gaming system and a roll of pennies, a report said. Estimated value of the items is $300.
At 6:13 a.m., a man in the 2400 block of Airport Road noticed someone stole three packs of filtered cigars from his unlocked vehicle, though there was no damage.
Deputies later spoke at 8:27 a.m. with a man in the 1700 block of Edgeport Drive who reported several items stolen from his tractor trailer. He said someone stole a 3-foot-long, 100-pound steel plate from the front of the truck, as well as two 4-inch-long nylon straps, with a total value of $350, a report said.
If you know anything about the slew of break-ins in Indian Land and Lancaster, call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office’s non-emergency line at (803) 283-4136.
Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416