Winder police are on the hunt for the culprits who rummaged through at least eight vehicles last week. In some cases, the thieves looked through glove compartments or center consoles, leaving behind a mess. In other cases, the thieves stole electronic equipment or other items.
Winder Police Capt. Dennis Dorsey, commander of the Uniform Patrol Division, said Tuesday that crimes were opportunistic. For the most part, the thieves selected cars and trucks that had been left unlocked by their owners, Dorsey said. The incidents occurred from Jan. 18-25 on West Candler Street, East Midland Avenue, North Avenue, Griffith Street, East Wright Street, West Wright Street, James Street and Northcrest Drive.
Stolen were a TomTom GPS unit valued at $300, a Garmin GPS unit valued at $130, a black leather biker jacket valued at $300, gold Harley Davidson sunglasses valued at $100, a Kenwood CD player valued at $400, a $20 Keisha Cole CD, and a Bank of America VISA Debit Card, according to police reports.
A witness to one of the thefts said he saw two male teens take one of the GPS units. He described both youths as being between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 6 inches in height and having slim builds. One youth had long red hair, and the other had long black hair.
The witness said they both rode Razor push scooters. One of the victims told police “he wants his safe neighborhood back and is upset that nothing has been done.”
The Winder officer told the man that he should lock his car door so he would not be a victim.