Rise in break-ins rattles Carrboro residents

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Rash of break-ins has residents and police concerned.

The Carrboro Police Department is asking town residents to lock their doors after a rise in recent break-ins.

Carrboro Police Capt. Cornell Lamb said the town has faced 13 break-ins since the start of January.

He said the numbers are up for this fiscal year, with 83 break-in reported July 2014- July 2015 and 113 reported since July 2015.

Factors such as suspect description, time of day, method of entry, and setting - all vary according to the police reports for this month's break-ins.

The most recent break-in happened Tuesday, and in some of the cases tens-of-thousands of dollars of electronics were stolen.

"In some of them there's just nothing taken," Lamb said. "It's actually just breaking-in and so there's nothing that was taken, and then there's some where there's cameras, cash, jewelry, things like that.

"The things that you don't really have to carry a bag or big bag, to be noticed, so you just blend in if you kept a book bag and put it in your book bag and then you just blend in with everyone else," Lamb said.

Lamb said the only thing the break-ins seem to have in common is they're all near the center of town, and that the items stolen all seem to be items small enough to haul away on foot.

ABC11 reached out to all of the victims listed in the January break-in police reports. Some said it was a very frightening ordeal, others said they feel extremely fortunate the situation wasn't worse.

No injuries were reported in any of this month's break-ins.

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