Fort Mill Times

Common thread among rash of Fort Mill thefts? Unlocked vehicles, police say

Nearly a dozen residents reported car break-ins and thefts overnight last Sunday, according to Fort Mill Police Department reports.

Most of the complaints came from the Whiteville Park neighborhood, where residents on Hickory Knob Court, Howington Circle and Allison Street, among others, reported that someone broke into their vehicles. A common thread among the crimes is that the vehicles were left unlocked, according to the reports. Two other reports state that a similar crime was committed that night in another downtown neighborhoods, on Fairway Drive and Confederate Street.

Some residents who called police June 1 said nothing was removed from their vehicles, but others reported missing items. One victim on Hallett Street told police that items missing from his SUV included a commemorative Indianapolis 500 coin, another coin valued at $15 and $10 in loose change. Also sometime between last Sunday night and Monday morning, someone stole a moped from another Hallett Street home, a report states. The moped’s owner told police the moped was parked in his yard and he noticed a gate to his yard was left open. When he checked the area he noticed the moped, an orange 200 XP with a black muffler, was missing.

On Nims Street, a resident told police that someone rummaged through her and her husband’s vehicles – both left unlocked overnight – and took $10 worth of lottery tickets.

The Fairway Drive resident called police after noticing someone had rifled through his SUV overnight and removed an unopened pack of cigarettes and $2 in cash. On Confederate Street, a resident said someone entered her and her husband’s vehicles and removed several items, including a pair of new Choco sandals valued at $100, along with the receipt, two backup cell phone batteries and two chargers, worth about $100 total. According to the report, both vehicles were left unlocked.

A suspect arrested in an unrelated case by Charlotte Mecklenburg Police in North Carolina was allegedly in possession of some of the items reported missing from the Fort Mill break-ins said Maj. Bryan Zachary, public information officer for the FMPD.

“An investigation is still continuing to see what connection (the suspect in N.C.) has to the break-ins in Fort Mill,” Zachary said.

Michael Harrison •  803-547-2353