Waycross police are investigating a string of thefts after vehicles were broken into in the same general area of the city late Monday or early Tuesday, said Waycross Police Lt. Scott Rowell.
Two police officers were dispatched Tuesday at 4 a.m. to the 600 block of Summit Street after two people wearing ski masks were seen wandering around an apartment complex there, Rowell said.
When they arrived, a person seen in the back of the complex fled on foot, he said. The suspect was not caught, Rowell said, but he or she dropped a bag that contained a camera, a GPS device, a cell phone and some cigarettes.
They then discovered that seven vehicles, a 2000 Chevrolet Cobalt, a 1999 Cadillac Seville, a 2002 Kia Spectra, a 2014 Dodge Dart, a 1997 Ford pickup truck, a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix and a 2005 Nissan Frontier, had been broken into, Rowell said. Among the items owners said were missing were a purse, assorted cash and change, a personal check, hand tools and a wallet.
All the vehicles had been left unlocked, Rowell said.
“We urge citizens to lock their vehicles,” Rowell said. “All of these were unlocked and easy targets.”
As area residents awoke later in the morning, more thefts from cars were reported, Rowell said, including a 2001 Ford Expedition parked in the 800 block of Summit Street. The break-in was reported at 8:30 a.m.
A report came in at 7 a.m. of a 2015 Dodge Journey in the 1400 block of Bethune Street. Sunglasses were taken from it, Rowell said. The car owner said she heard another vehicle’s alarm go off at about 3 a.m.
A woman in the 1400 block of Rockefeller Street reported that a 1996 Cadillac Seville and 2007 Kia Rondo were entered and four wallets containing driver’s license, credit cards and personal identification were taken, Rowell said.
About noon Tuesday, a woman in the 900 block of Darling Avenue reported that a money order and a USB camera recorder were stolen from her 2013 Toyota Corolla and stuff “shuffled around” in her sister’s 2004 Toyota Corolla, Rowell said. She discovered the theft when she got in her car to go to the store, he said.