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The Daily Reflector

Saturday, April 13, 2019

The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office released a news release on Friday cautioning citizens to be diligent in protecting their property. 

“Over the past few days, our office has seen a rise in vehicle break-ins in several Pitt County neighborhoods,” the release said.

The sheriff’s office said many vehicles have been targeted, even outside of private residences, for money or items to sell or trade for drugs. However, the news release also said protecting yourself from becoming a victim is surprisingly simple: 

■ Don’t leave items such as purses, money or other things of value in plain sight inside your vehicle. If you must leave items of value inside your car, hide them well or lock them in the trunk.

■ Use motion lighting on your property if possible. Trail cameras and even doorbell camera systems can be great for catching thieves or other unwelcome visitors.

■ Lock your vehicle. Very few car break-ins involve locked cars, according to the release. Even in your own driveway, be sure to protect your property by locking your vehicle every time it is left unattended.

■ Be observant of suspicious individuals and don’t hesitate to call the sheriff’s office if something doesn’t seem right. If you are interested in forming a Community Watch organization, the sheriff’s office will assist you with the process.

Pitt County

The sheriff’s office released reports Friday with the following details and allegations:

Break-ins, thefts

■ 600 block Paul Place, near Grimesland, midnight April 9-2 p.m. April 10: utility trailer valued at $500 stolen; case active.

■ 2400 block Floyd Harris Road, 2 p.m. April 7-7 a.m. April 8: eight tablets of Oxycodone valued at $50 stolen; case active.

■ 5000 block East Lang Street, near Fountain, 10 p.m. April 9-6:45 a.m. April 10: purse valued at $50 and $300 in cash stolen from vehicle; case active.

■ 2800 block Schooner Lane, 2-6:45 a.m. April 10: Vera Bradley wallet, Michael Kors wallet, bookbag and pair of Charlotte Rouse jeans, all valued at $316, stolen from vehicle; case active.

■ 2500 block Armstrong Court, 2:15-7:24 a.m. April 10: Spartiana purse valued at $125, $75 in cash and three bank cards stolen from vehicle; case active.

■ 1000 block Augusta Lane, 2 a.m.-noon April 10: break-in to vehicle reported; stolen items not listed; case active.

■ 600 block Second Street, near Ayden, 11 p.m. April 10-11:49 p.m. April 11: break-in to home reported; stolen items not listed; case active.

■ 600 block Massanutten Road, 1-8 a.m. April 11: purse valued at $30 stolen from vehicle and recovered; iPhone 7 valued at $800 and $27 in cash stolen; case active.

■ 1200 block Boyd Galloway Road, near Grimesland, 12:01 a.m. April 2-1:25 p.m. April 11: unspecified jewelry item valued at $70 stolen from home by child of victim and recovered; case cleared: victim refused to cooperate.

Assaults

■ 3400 block Pinetree Lane, 7:53-7:56 p.m. April 10: 76-year-old woman assaulted at home by known person; severe lacerations reported; case active.

■ 2200 block Allpine Taylor Road, 11:22 p.m. April 10: 36-year-old woman assaulted at home by sibling; no injuries reported; case active.

■ 6500 block N.C. 30, near Bethel, 2:04 a.m. April 10: 49-year-old woman assaulted at home by boyfriend; minor injuries reported; case active.

Property Damage

■ 500 block West Hanrahan Road, 5 p.m. April 4-6:42 p.m. April 10: window of home sustained $200 in damages; case active.

■ 2600 block Hardee Street, near Simpson, midnight April 9-10:34 a.m. April 10: gold Chrysler 300 sustained an unreported amount of damages; case active.

Greenville

Electronic stolen

More than $2,500 in electronics and other items was reported stolen after a vehicle break-in Wednesday, according to a case report released by the Greenville Police Department.

The incident took place between 8 p.m. April 9 and 6 a.m. April 10 on the 100 block of Dansey Road.

A silver Ford Explorer sustained $600 in damages from a prying instrument during the break-in, the report said.

Items listed as stolen from the vehicle include a dark grey Ozark bookbag, a Dell laptop, an iPad, a Samsung Galaxy cellphone and school books.

The case status was listed as inactive.

The police department released reports Friday with the following details and allegations:

Break-ins, thefts

■ 2700 block Bluff View Drive, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. April 10:  Dell laptop valued at $500 and Samsung phone valued at $100 stolen from home; investigation ongoing.

■ 200 block Lake Road, 7 p.m. April 9-9 a.m. April 10: $920 in cash and pair of black Gucci sunglasses valued at $600 stolen from vehicle; investigation ongoing.

■ 2100 block Dickinson Avenue, 4-4:30 p.m. April 10: $130 in cash stolen from wallet; investigation ongoing.

■ 210 S.W. Greenville Blvd., 9:30-9:57 p.m. April 10:  pair of headphones valued at $99 stolen from Walmart and recovered; investigation ongoing.

■ 3900 block Nantucket Drive, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. April 10:  .40 caliber Glock 27 valued at $475 stolen from vehicle; investigation ongoing.

■ 100 block Luci Drive, 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. April 10:  Xbox One, four Xbox controllers and two Xbox headsets, all valued at $800, stolen from home; investigation ongoing.

■ 300 block Haven Drive, 12:05 a.m. April 11: armed robbery with a handgun reported at home;  gold necklace of unlisted value stolen; no injuries reported; investigation ongoing.

■ 300 block Greenville Boulevard, 7 p.m. April 10-11 a.m. April 11:  wallet valued at $10 stolen from woman; investigation ongoing.

■ 3300 block East 10th Street, noon April 10-5:15 p.m. April 11: four fishing rods, all valued at $600, stolen from home; investigation ongoing.

■ 801 Thomas Langston Road, 2-2:10 p.m. April 10: unspecified quantity of bras valued at $239 stolen from Burlington Coat Factory; investigation ongoing.

■ 3040 Evans St., 11:10-11:27 a.m. April 11: Dove soap and unspecified other hygiene items valued at $20 stolen from Harris Teeter; investigation ongoing.

■ 705 S.E. Greenville Blvd., 6:05 p.m. April 11: unspecified quantity of hygiene items valued at $198.05 stolen from Publix; investigation ongoing.

■ 3900 block South Memorial Drive, 2-7 a.m. April 11:  tool bag valued at $1,000 stolen from vehicle and recovered; $1,000 in cash stolen; investigation ongoing.

■ 1900 block Wellons Drive, 7 a.m.-6:04 p.m. April 11:  bicycle valued at $150 stolen from home; investigation ongoing.

Assaults

■ 3200 block Summer Place, 12:05 a.m. April 10: woman assaulted at home by ex-boyfriend; minor injuries reported; $900 in damages to household items also reported; case inactive.

■ 100 block Breezewood Drive, 2 a.m. April 11: man assaulted at home by fiancé; minor injuries reported; arrest made.

Property Damage

■ 1600 block North Greene Street, 3:30-3:50 p.m. April 10:  iPhone 10 sustained $1,200 in damages; investigation ongoing.

■ 500 block South Memorial Drive, 8:50-8:55 p.m. April 10: black 2015 Hyundai vehicle sustained $1,000 in damages from a pellet gun; investigation ongoing.

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