Chapel Hill police investigating recent uptick in break-ins

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WTVD) -- Authorities in Chapel Hill are investigating multiple break-ins following a recent uptick.

The most recent happened during the early morning hours of June 26 and 27 at two different apartments on Legacy Terrace.

Police said in both incidents, the suspect entered through an unlocked door, did not take anything, and left when confronted by the residents.

The crimes have left residents on high alert.

"I was pretty surprised," said Caroline student Sunny Patel.

A couple of days ago, Patel's next door neighbor came to him with a warning. Someone tried to break into her apartment.

"They were grabbing on the door and shaking it pretty late at night," said Patel.

A number of break-ins to vehicles that were left unlocked have also been reported to police the past several months.

"I'm always really careful with locking my apartment, but I know other people aren't. So it a little worrisome," said Carolina student Karina Sedano.

Residents are taking extra safety precautions now. Patel is one person on edge after what happened to his neighbor.

"I am a little worried my stuff could have been stolen because I keep a lot of expensive things in the living room at night because I think I'm safe," he said. "It made me double check."

Police said they are encouraging residents to lock every door and window and park in a well-lit area, or install flood lights on exterior of home.

If anyone has information about these incidents, please call either the Chapel Hill Police Department at (919) 968-2760 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 942-7515.

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