Police warn Durham residents of rise in overnight car burglaries

Police warn Durham residents of rise in overnight car burglaries

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DURHAM — Police are warning residents about an increase in overnight car burglaries.

“In the last couple of weeks, the Town of Durham has seen an increasing amount of vehicles gone through during the overnight hours,” a townwide alert said Monday.

Most of the vehicles were left unlocked and the thieves have mostly been taking loose change and wallets, Durham Resident State Trooper Larry Morello said.

Morello advised residents to lock vehicles at all times and not to leave anything valuable inside them, especially with the holidays approaching.

“We think it’s a network of people that are doing it,” Morello said. Other area towns have also seen an uptick in car burglaries over the last six months. 

Police shared a video recorded by a resident who was able to capture a suspect on security camera this past Friday night. The video showed a suspect approach a white vehicle parked in a driveway and proceed to search the vehicle using a flashlight.

It is not clear if the suspect removed anything from the vehicle, Morello said. The person was wearing a dark hooded-sweatshirt, black sweatpants with white stripes down the sides, and red shoes. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Trooper Morello at 860-399-2100.

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