BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – When the holidays arrive, the criminals seem to come out. They break-in to homes and steal things they can sell in a hurry. Police in our area say they're seeing a significant increase in those crimes.
Earlier this week, police arrested three people out of Brunswick County in connection to a breaking and entering case in Boiling Spring Lakes. As we found out, there's been a lot of crime going on in that area lately.
According to police reports, burglars have stolen more than $8,000 worth of property from various homes and cars in the Boiling Spring Lakes area this month.
Everything from guns, to electronics, to cash, Police Chief, Brad Shirley says they're seeing an average of one break-in per day so far in the month of December. He says that's well above the average.
Shirley believes there are several criminals out there trying to make money for the holidays. He says that every community should be on high alert right now.
"Be vigilant in neighborhoods and watching out for your neighbors and looking out for suspicious people or suspicious vehicles and reporting those to the police. Call 911," said Shirley. "Recording serial numbers or having photos of property is also a big help during our investigations."
Shirley says several cases are still under investigation. At this time, there is no reason to believe that just one person or group is responsible for all the break-ins. If you have any information that could lead to an arrest, contact the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department.
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