Police chief warns of break-ins

By: W. Curt Vincent - cvincent@civitasmedia.com

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Christmas holidays brings the hustle and bustle of shopping along with the temptation for crooks to break into vehicles and homes.

On Wednesday, Elizabethtown had several vehicles broken into in different locations between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m.

“Elizabethtown officers responded to Healthworks Fitness Center, the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church and the Centro Familiar Cristiano Church located on South Poplar Street to investigate the break-ins,” said Police Chief Kip Hester. “The suspect(s) entered the vehicles by breaking the passenger- or driver-side glass and taking belongings that were left in plain sight.”

Hester added that the suspect(s) “spent very little time in each vehicle and only broke into the vehicles where valuables were plainly visible.”

Hester did not give a list of items taken or a value, but he did say that if anyone has any information in the case they should call the Elizabethtown Police Department at 910-862-3125.

“I’d like to remind citizens to be extra vigilant especially during the holiday season,” he said. “Please be aware of your surroundings and do not leave vehicles unlocked or leave valuables in plain view.

“With the holiday rush we all tend to let our guard down, and become distracted,” he added. “If you observe any suspicious activity, please don’t hesitate to call 911 and make law enforcement aware — sometimes the smallest detail can make the greatest difference when investigating criminal activity.”


W. Curt Vincent