News Release: Wakulla County Sheriff's Office
May 12, 2014
Wakulla County Sheriff Charlie Creel continues to hammer home a message of “locking your vehicles” to avoid losing property inside them.
Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office deputies investigated 18 vehicle burglaries reported in the Crawfordville area Saturday, May 10. All of the vehicle burglaries involved cars and trucks that were left unsecured by their owners.
“This is one of the easiest crimes to prevent if citizens will just lock their vehicles,” said Sheriff Creel. “All of these incidents and most of the vehicle burglaries that we have investigated in the past involve unsecured vehicles. This is a crime of opportunity. The suspects open the vehicle and grab property and get away from the scene as quickly as possible. They do not want to draw attention to themselves by creating noise through a forced entry.”
The victims in the May 10 cases live in the Jasmine Drive, Mulberry Circle, Duncan Drive and Traynor Court communities north of Crawfordville. The victims reported the theft of currency, wallets, a gym bag, a firearm, electronic equipment and purses. Three individuals reported their vehicles being entered but nothing being stolen.
“I cannot emphasize enough the importance of locking your vehicle,” said the Sheriff. “There is a chance that insurance companies will not pay off claims when the vehicle is left unsecured.”
A person of interest has been identified by deputies. The WCSO has periodically attempted to conduct public awareness campaigns to make residents understand the importance of locking vehicles. Those efforts will continue, said the Sheriff.