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Car break-ins increase in Socastee neighborhood

SOCASTEE, SC (WMBF) - People reported several car break-ins from a Socastee neighborhood Thursday morning.

Horry County Police Lieutenant Raul Denis said theft rates usually go up around the holidays, plus, people will leave more valuable items in cars.

The HCPD responded to three breaking and entering cases on Watergate Drive in Socastee Thursday morning.

The police reports said a laptop, iPod and school backpack were stolen out of one car, a GPS was taken from another and a GPS and iPod were missing from the third car.

Another man in the neighborhood said he found handprints on the back of his SUV, but it was locked, so nothing was taken from inside.

Police said all three of the cars with items stolen were unlocked at the time.

Another report was filed Thursday morning from Sutton Drive, which is off Watergate Drive. The report said nothing was actually stolen, however, the contents of a diaper bag were strewn about the yard.

"As a rule she did lock her car, but that night she didn't," said the victim's mother, Doris Scott. 

Scott said there have been additional car break-ins on Sutton Drive as well. Neighbors confirmed Friday their own cars or their family member's cars on the street were also ransacked.

"Just hope it doesn't happen anymore," Scott said. "Everybody's uptight about it. Of course they are because they're thinking, 'Well maybe it's going to be houses next. Not just cars.'"

The HCPD does try to step up patrols in areas seeing an increase in crime, Lt. Denis said, however, he said the department hasn't seen car break-ins lead to house break-ins. 

Lt. Denis urges people to lock their doors and avoid keeping anything valuable inside the car. 

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