Lock Your Doors, Roll Up Your Windows
Multiple Vehicular Breaking and Entering Cases in Recent Weeks
The Chapel Hill Police Department is investigating multiple cases of breaking and entering of unlocked motor vehicles along the US Highway 15-501 corridor since the start of February.
“Don’t leave valuables in plain sight; lock your doors; and roll up your windows,” says Chapel Hill Police Chief and Executive Director for Community Safety Chris Blue. “These three easy steps will help discourage people from taking advantage of you. Unfortunately there are people who come through our community looking to take advantage of unsuspecting people. Making it harder for them quite often goes a long way to keeping your possessions safe.”
Affected locations include the PineGate Apartments, Carolina Collision Center on Legion Road, and University Ford on Ephesus Church Road. Officers are doing close patrols of these areas.
Witnesses of suspicious conditions should call 911 immediately. If anyone has information about a recent incident, please call either the Chapel Hill Police Department during regular business hours at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515 24 hours a day. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest. You can also leave tips for Crime Stoppers at crimestoppers-chcunc.org.
Other safety tips include:
- Take your key; don’t leave it in or on your vehicle (even a spare);
- Park in well-lit areas, in a garage if possible;
- Park in areas with high traffic (foot traffic or motor-vehicle traffic – witnesses discourage would-be criminals).
Thanks to a resident keeping an eye on her surroundings, Chapel Hill Police made an arrest in a similar case last week.
Maurice Clay Walker, 54, of Chapel Hill was arrested on Jan. 28, 2019, and charged with one felony count of breaking and entering a vehicle and 11 misdemeanor counts of attempted breaking and entering a vehicle. He was taken to Orange County Jail and received a $12,000 secured bond.
Walker was seen by the resident checking door handles and enter vehicles that were unlocked. She called 911, and officers were able to take him into custody and connect him with those charges.