Residents of Wheatfields neighborhood were reporting that someone entered several cars in that subdivision last night, May 21st.
Utitlizing a Facebook forum, people reported finding car doors cracked this morning, and some residents reported items missing. Other residents reported checkbooks and IDs left laying on the car seat, which might indicate that the persons breaking into the car simply took pictures of the information so as not to tip off the owners their information had been compromised.
Break-ins like this are not uncommon at this time of year. Last year, the residents of Vines Plantation were victims of similar activity, and a law enforcement source said it was likely teenagers taking advantage of unlocked doors. The kids simply try the door handle, and if it’s locked, move on. If it’s unlocked, they open the door and see what valuables they can find, then simply leave the doors cracked so as not to make a sound shutting the door.
If you park your car on your driveway or on the street, always lock your doors. If you choose not to, then at the very least take all valuables inside with you; never leave items such as your checkbook, credit cards, or drivers license in your car.
Should you find yourself the victim of a car break-in, call the Gwinnett County Police and file a report. GCPD is a report/response agency, so they cannot respond if you don’t report. If you know someone who has been victimized, encourage them to file a report with the GCPD as well.