LAURINBURG — Police have arrested two men for several car break ins that occurred early Monday morning.
They are looking for a different thief responsible for a string of break ins on Friday.
Shawn Cooper, 19, of Jones Circle, and Donavon Utley, 20, of Kayla Drive, were each arrested for one count of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and eight counts of attempted breaking and entering a motor vehicle, according to Assistant Police Chief Terry Chavis.
The pair were apprehended when police said they found them near where the break ins occurred.
A resident of Sheppard Avenue called 911 at 12:17 a.m. to report that her car was being broken into.
“The caller saw the suspects in the vehicle and was able to give a description. Our guys saw them walking in the area and apprehended the two suspects,” Chavis said.
A resident of Highland Drive also reported seeing the pair walking away from her car after their attempts to break in were unsuccessful and called 911 at 1:28 a.m. Chavis said.
A second resident on Shepard Avenue reported that her 2000 Ford Taurus had been broken into, but nothing was reported missing.
Two homeowners on Charles Drive reported that someone attempted to break into their vehicles as well, but thieves were unable to get in.
In an unrelated group of vehicle break ins, police were called to several houses on Turnpike Road and other nearby streets on Friday morning.
“He hit at least five cars in that area, and there could be others, but they didn’t report it because nothing was taken,” Chavis said.
Chavis urged owners to report the crimes because it helps police to track the crimes and possibly connect thieves to other break ins.
A homeowner on Turnpike Road reported to police that someone broke into his 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee and stole a black and silver Citizen’s watch and a pair of Harley Davidson sunglasses, total value $400.
Another resident of Turnpike reported that her 2014 Buick Enclave had been broken into. The thieves took a .380 caliber Glock 42 pistol and a Copper Fit ankle wrap, total value $490.
A resident of Doe Circle reported to police that two cars in her yard, a 2013 Hyundai Sonata and a 2014 Toyota Tacoma had been broken into, and a Discover credit card was stolen.
Two residents on Turnpike reported that their vehicles had been entered and rummaged through, but nothing was reported missing.
Several of the owners reported leaving their vehicles unlocked.
The best thing owners can do to prevent motor vehicle break ins is to lock their doors and park in well-lit areas or within sight of their homes, Chavis said.
Never leave valuable items in plain sight, and do not leave ID or banking information inside the vehicle.
Police have video of one of the Turnpike Road break ins and are attempting to identify a suspect.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Laurinburg Police Department at 910-276-3211.
Reach Beth Lawrence 910-506-3169