LANCASTER, SC - The Indian Land County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying three men involved in vehicle break-ins.
A deputy was called out to Martha's Vineyard Drive around 8:00 a.m. on Friday, September 2. The homeowner reported that her and her husband's vehicles had been rummaged through.
As the deputy investigated, he received additional reports that vehicles had been entered nearby.
Thirteen vehicles were entered at homes on Martha's Vineyard Drive, Point Carpenter Road and Lake View Landing Drive overnight, according to authorities.
Authorities said unsuccessful attempts were made to enter locked vehicles and all the vehicles entered were unlocked.
Valuables were taken from some of the vehicles. In one of the incidents, a garage door opener found in a vehicle was used to open and access the homeowner's garage and another vehicle parked inside.
One of the homeowners recorded video surveillance footage of the three men near his vehicles.
A credit card was taken from one of the vehicles. A woman used the card at two businesses in Rock Hill and was captured on video surveillance in one of the stores.
“If you recognize any of these people, please give us a call,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “Also, if you keep valuables in your car or truck, keep them out of sight, and always lock the doors to your vehicles. If a thief wants inside your car, particularly if it is parked right outside your window, he most likely will not spend the time and create the commotion necessary to break into it. He will shake the door handle and move on to an unlocked car if yours is locked.”
Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372) or email www.sccrimestoppers.com.