COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Break-ins are on the rise in Chadbourn. Police Chief Steven Shaw said the number has actually doubled.
According to Shaw, there's usually an average of about two burglaries a week, but since November it's been more like two break-ins each day.
Shaw said the thieves are taking things like guns ant TVs.
Some residents said they don't believe police are doing enough to solve the burglaries. Shaw, however, said they need help from the community. He said it's hard to solve a crime when victims don't want police to interview their family or neighbors.
Additionally, the police chief said people are seeing suspects commit the acts but aren't reporting the crimes to authorities.
Shaw said he recently sent an officer to the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearm Crime Lab in Georgia and were able to get finger print results back quickly. He said there is normally a two-year wait for non-priority finger prints at the NC crime lab.
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