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5 arrested in connection with car break-ins

Davis, Wilson, Brown (Source Chatham Co. Sheriff's Office) Davis, Wilson, Brown (Source Chatham Co. Sheriff's Office)

A break in vehicle break-ins.

Three adults and two juveniles are behind bars, charged with breaking into more than a dozen parked cars on the Islands and in West Chatham.

The areas may look like quiet, quaint communities, but to a thief, it's a prime location to target unsuspecting victims. Neighbors say they have had enough.

"What I have been hearing and seeing is guys walking up and down the street in the daytime and at night," said Charles Johnson. "Just hearing the neighbor across the street said some guy got into his car."

Throughout the past several months, police have been monitoring the Georgetown and Islands area after a number of car break ins were reported.

"The majority of vehicles are unlocked and they are checking handles," said Crime Prevention Officer Bryan Harrell. "They want to get in as quick as they can."

With the help of the community, police got a break in the case Thursday night.

"The community starting calling in and giving us updates with where these suspects were headed," said Harrell, "where they were last seen, a clothing description, even a vehicle description. The patrol units were able to converge which led to a traffic stop and arrest of the individuals."

Malcom Davis, Daquan Wilson, Jayqyan Brown and two minors were arrested around 3 a.m. in connection with nearly two dozen car break ins. Detectives recovered a stolen car, multiple credit cards and other valuable items stolen from vehicles. Officers say this was a great example of how when the public works with police, crime can be stopped.

"The people in the community are our eyes and ears," said Harell. "We are first responders. We can't do our job effectively without their assistance."

"Neighbors have to look out for each other," said Johnson.

"It is not only requested. It's require," said Harell.

Detectives from the West Chatham and Island precincts continue to investigate the nearly two dozen vehicle thefts as well as other cases that may be involved. Anyone with information is asked to call police or Crimestoppers.

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