Oconee deputies working leads on rash of entering autos

A rash of about a dozen entering-auto cases in the Bogart area recently prompted Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry to assign three investigators to the crimes.

“We’ve got a bandit,” Berry said Wednesday. “These people poke their heads up from time to time. We’ve got the patrol division and three investigators working on it right now.”

The thefts from the vehicles occurred during a three-day period this week, according to incident reports.

“We have some leads we’re working, but we don’t have a person of interest yet,” Berry said. “There’s no question that it’s happening at night. We need people to report anything that doesn’t look right.”

The initial theft reports rose from the Hunter Trail, Jessica Way and Osceola Avenue area of Bogart, where people awoke Sunday morning to find someone had rummaged through their vehicles. Numerous items were stolen, including laptop computers and medications. Other thefts occurred on Millstone Run and McNutt Crossing.

Reports show most of the vehicles were left unlocked. In one case, the person actually left the keys in the vehicle. While the keys were stolen, the vehicle was left in the driveway.

People should be locking their vehicles at night, Berry said.

“Even when I was a kid we used to have public service announcements on black and white TV that said lock your car and take your keys,” he said. “That, historically, is a way a lot of autos are entered.”

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