40 cars broken into over the weekend in Port Wentworth, police say

Published: Sep. 11, 2022 at 7:49 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 12, 2022 at 4:12 PM EDT
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PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (WTOC) - Port Wentworth Police are investigating around 40 car break-ins.

Police say the break-in happened at Rice Creek Apartments, Ardmore Apartments, and a hotel on Sunday morning.

They say several people had valuables and even firearms stolen.

Reginald Owens is a retired Savannah Police officer and has lived here at Rice Creek Apartments for the better part of a decade. He says his complex was hit particularly hard by the break-ins, and he even had a gun stolen from his truck.

“It deeply concerns me because the majority of the time, when people steal or commit offense likes that, those are the ones that are not entitled to have the gun. So it’s dangerous,” Resident Reginald Owens said.

Owens says he and his neighbors can’t help but feel frustrated at the break ins. He says the complex has been talking about installing security gates since 2020. Though there are hookups for them, there are none.

Another neighbor didn’t want to talk on camera but showed me what appears to be security gates on the property not being used.. WTOC reached out the apartment’s corporate office to ask about the gates and haven’t heard back yet.

“I’m gonna speak for a lot of my neighbors who’s really disgusted along with myself. We’re disgusted the lack of security,” Owens said.

Owens says he’s talked to others who live in the complex and they’ve told him they don’t feel safe..

”Everybody’s walking on eggshells and they’re very concerned, and very cautious. They themselves are doing their own patrolling and watching after each other more, because really, people are scratching their heads. They don’t know who’s doing what.”

We’ll update this story when we hear back from the Rice Creek Apartment management company, owners, or corporate office.

The Port Wentworth Police Department is asking that anybody with information about these break-ins contact them.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call the Port Wentworth Police Department at 912-964-4360, submit a tip on the Port Wentworth PD’s Tip411 app, or call the Savannah-Chatham CrimeStoppers at 912-234- 2020.