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Lexington County Deputies Looking for Answers in Car Break-Ins
Thursday, July 21, 2011


Lexington County, SC (WLTX) - Car break-ins can sometimes seem like a small crime.

But when that nuisance is repeated several times in one neighborhood, it starts to make residents afraid and becomes a big deal.

"We lived in another part of town and wanted to move out here to a little quieter neighborhood," explains Aberdeen Farms resident Ronnie Crapps.

After about a year of living in the neighborhood, he learned that nowhere is perfect. "My wallet was in my truck. They took it. I had a gold chain that my granddaddy gave me. The clasp had broke on it and it was my truck to go to the repair shop," he says of what was stolen from his truck in the early Tuesday morning car burglary.

Crapps's truck wasn't locked. But before you judge, listen to what he says.

"It's my driveway, not used to having to lock things up in my driveway," he explains, "What do you do? If you lock it, they're gonna bust your window out. If you don't lock it, they're gonna take it regardless."

Many of his neighbors' cars were broken into - seven others in one area off of Platt Springs Road. Most were locked, and ended up with broken windows. "It didn't slow them down, they actually broke them and would pull the window out. The whole window would be laying on the outside of the car," Crapps says.

Some things were left behind. "They didn't mess with a lot of things. Like, my wedding band was on top of my gold chain and they didn't mess with it," he says.

But Crapps doesn't understand the crime or who would commit it.

"It's kind of discouraging, you work hard all day and then for absolutely nothing, they just take it," he says, "When it happens in the middle of the night, everybody's asleep. We have a crime watch, but it's not going to help at three in the morning."

All of these car break-ins were all between about midnight and 5:30 Tuesday morning on several streets off of Platt Springs Road, including Cannon Knoll Drive and the Aberdeen Farms subdivision.

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Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/article/144281/2/Lexington-County-Deputies-Looking-for-Answers-in-Car-Break-Ins

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