Police in York County are again reminding people to lock vehicles at home after at least 30 cars were discovered broken into Sunday night and Monday, deputies said.
Rock Hill police charged three men for three car break ins, officers said. The other cases remain unsolved.
Of the 30 incidents reported so far, 23 were in York County and seven were inside the city limits of Rock Hill, according to officials and incident reports. All but one of the 23 in the county jurisdiction involved unlocked vehicles, said Trent Faris, spokesman for the York County Sheriff’s Office.
“It’s a new year, but the message is the same,” Faris said. “People need to lock their vehicles at night, even if the cars are in their own driveway. And they should always take valuables inside.”
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Officers responded to several areas for the most recent rash of break-ins, but many were reported in the Autumn Cove area near Lake Wylie, Faris said.
Other incidents were reported in the Tradewinds neighborhood near York and off Hopewell Road close to Rock Hill.
Items stolen included one gun, a television set that was inside a vehicle, an iPad and other electronics, tools, purses, wallets and cash, Faris said.
In an unrelated case late Sunday, Rock Hill police charged three men in three car breakins. Tyreek Coshawn Land, 20; Mark Connell McClurkin Jr., 19; and Daniel Taril Walton Jr., 19; were charged with breaking and entering into automobiles and conspiracy.
Rock Hill police said in incident reports that three vehicles on Liberty Bell Court, including at least two that were unlocked, were rummaged through by the suspects. Witnesses saw the men pulling on car door handles, police said.
The men left a car nearby on Fargo Street then walked to the area, police said.
At least four other vehicle break-ins in the city of Rock Hill were reported Sunday night on Springview Court, which is adjacent to Liberty Bell Court. No charges have been filed in those four cases.
In 2017 and 2018, the sheriff’s office started a “Lock it or Lose it” campaign using daily Facebook and Twitter social media posts to remind people about the dangers of unlocked vehicles.
Recent break-ins also included a set of 30 incidents on Christmas Day in the city of Rock Hill.