Winder Police are currently investigating three burglaries in which the thieves stole gaming systems and other electronics.
On Dec. 15, burglars used a rock to break the glass out of the back door of a Second Street residence. The thieves stole an Xbox 360 and a PS3 from the home. The intruders also rummaged through drawers and closets in two bedrooms.
Police were able to obtain two prints from the scene. The victim’s daughter provided a lead on a possible suspect.
The following day, Winder Police responded to a burglary on Woodlawn Avenue. The intruder(s) forced entry through a damaged back door. The homeowner reported a 42” LG flat screen television and an HP computer, monitor and keyboard missing from the residence.
On Dec. 19, a homeowner on Cedar Bluff Drive discovered his pool house had been burglarized. A flat screen television, a microwave, coffee table and several collectibles were stolen. The estimated value of the items is over $1,000. The victim’s truck was also entered, but nothing was taken.
All three burglaries remain under investigation.
Police are also investigating several new cases of thefts from autos.
Sometime between Dec. 7 and Dec. 11, a deer rifle was stolen from an unlocked Ford F150 at a Waverly Lane address. The victim was unable to provide a serial number for the weapon at the time of the report.
On Dec. 14, a New Street resident reported that her unlocked 2010 Audi was entered. The only item taken was the owner’s manual, but the victim reported that the glove compartment and console had been searched. There was no damage to the vehicle.
On Dec. 15, a Camden Drive homeowner reported a ratchet set valued at $200 missing from his 2001 Nissan Frontier. The victim was unsure when the incident occurred. No damage was reported to the vehicle.
On Dec. 16, a business on Park Avenue reported 12 vehicles parked at that location had been entered. Seven car stereos were reported stolen. There are no suspects listed in the preliminary report.
On Dec. 19, thieves entered a garage at a Cedar Bluff residence. Two cars were parked in the garage and both were unlocked. The suspect(s) stole a purse containing a driver’s license, digital camera, $200 cash, keys and several credit cards from one vehicle. A new Wii console, Wii controller set and an Ipod Nano were taken from the other vehicle.
Another entering auto was reported on the afternoon of Dec. 19. A man called police after finding the ignition switch in his vehicle had been broken. The vehicle had been parked overnight at the East may Street AutoZone. No items were taken from the vehicle.
Detective Rachel Love of the Winder Police Department advised vehicle owners to keep valuables in a secure location.
“Always lock your car doors and do not leave valuables inside the vehicle,” Love said. “Take in the GPS system, pocket books, guns etc. These items are constantly being taken from unlocked vehicles.”
Love further advised that property owners could assist law enforcement efforts to recover stolen property by recording brand name, model number, serial number, color of item and any other identifiable markings for the particular item. Love also recommended having expensive jewelry engraved with a name or initials. These are identifiable markings making the item unique to its owner.
Other incidents investigated by Winder Police this past week include:
• battery on Natchez Circle.
• battery on Second Street.
• battery on West Athens Street.
• criminal damage to property on West Midland Avenue.
• criminal trespass at a Second Street address.
• criminal trespass at a Woodlawn Avenue address.
• damage to property at a Hidden Court address.
• damage to property on Century Oaks Drive.
• damage to property on Maynard Street.
• damage to property on North Broad Street.
• damage to property on Saint Anthony Drive.
• damage to property on Second Street.
• damage to property on Springdale Drive.
• domestic dispute on Capital Avenue.
• domestic dispute on Stafford Street.
• fraud on North Broad Street.
• fraud reported on North Broad Street.
• gas drive off on North Broad Street.
• hit and run on East may Street.
• identity theft on Hartley Circle.
• identity theft on North Broad Street.
• juvenile complaint on Capital Avenue.
• juvenile complaint on Springdale Drive.
• motor vehicle theft on East May Street.
• motor vehicle theft on Woodlawn Avenue.
• shoplifting on East May Street.
• simple battery at a Patrick Mill Road address.
• stolen vehicle on Waverly Lane.
• stolen vehicle reported on East May Street.
• suspicious person on Capital Avenue.
• theft by motor vehicle on Dreamland Court.
• theft by taking motor vehicle on Mystic Lane.
• theft by taking reported on Second Street.
• theft by taking on Oak Hill Drive.
• theft on Georgia Avenue.
• theft on North Broad Street.
• theft on Williams Street.
• verbal dispute at a Village Court address.
• verbal dispute on Embassy Walk.
• verbal dispute on Fairview Avenue.
• verbal dispute on Lays Lane.
It is a good thing this happened inside the city limits because the sheriff's department either doesn't have anyone who can take prints or they are too uninspired to do it! We were broken into 4 times over a 2 year period of time and never did the county take prints.