More than 40 car break-ins reported in 2 Beaufort Co. neighborhoods

BLUFFTON, SC (WCSC) - The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is investigating multiple car break-ins that occurred Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning throughout two Bluffton neighborhoods.

Deputies responded to Westbury Park just before 7 a.m. Wednesday in reference to a resident discovering that unknown person(s) had made entry to and stolen a handgun from his truck. Deputies checked the area and determined that dozens of vehicles had been broken into.

As deputies attempted to identify and make contact with additional victims in Westbury Park, similar break-ins were being reported from the Baywood neighborhood.

Deputies say that between the two neighborhoods, more than 40 unsecured vehicles were broken into. Many appeared to have been rummaged through, with nothing reported missing. However, deputies have continued to field break-in reports throughout the day Wednesday.

Among the property reported stolen has been a handgun, GPS units and other small electronics, cash, jewelry and prescription medications. No damage was reported to any of the vehicles, and no signs of any forced entry were observed.

"While we find it difficult to believe that so many vehicles were left unlocked, we simply have no evidence to the contrary," said sheriff PJ Tanner. "As the investigation into these recent break-ins continues, the Sheriff's Office encourages citizens to protect their property by keeping doors and windows locked and secured at all times."

Anyone with information, or who may have been a victim of an unreported break-in, is asked to contact either Investigator Cpl. J. Moran at 843-255-3422 or the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777.

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