While reviewing crime reports from the weekend, it is obvious that car burglaries are going to once again become a major problem during the holiday season. Rather than the usual case of cars getting burglarized in shopping areas, this past weekend saw a significant number of car burglaries in residential areas.
Officers made one arrest early this morning when a victim discovered his vehicle was being burglarized off Lake Hollingsworth around 4:45 AM. The suspect fled on foot, but responding officers setting up a perimeter around the area were able to locate and arrest Casey Lee Swander, W/M, DOB 02/08/1988 after the victim positively identified him as the culprit. Great job by our Charlie Squad this morning!
There were numerous other car burglaries on the south side of town over the weekend. Detectives are investigating these cases to determine if Swander committed those offenses as well.
Vehicles on the north side of town also got hit this weekend. The Lake Deeson Woods neighborhood had a total of five car burglaries between November 21 - 22. No arrests have been made yet in connection with those crimes.
We urge everyone to reduce their chance of becoming a victim of a car burglary by locking their car and removing valuables from the passenger compartment. Thieves are less likely to enter your car when there is nothing inside to steal. And of coure, call us to report any suspicious activity you observe in your neighborhood.
For a complete listing of car burglaries and pin maps showing the locations of these crimes, visit SpotCrime.com.
- Asst Chief Bill LePere