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Charleston neighbors fed up after a string of car break-ins

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Amanda Smith has lived in Charleston's Avondale neighborhood for nearly 15 years.

Wednesday, she described it as a "safe neighborhood," and said of crime in the area, 'this just doesn't happen."

That was the feeling among several residents in the increasing popular community along Savannah Highway, until now.

Rhonda Kalil, a resident of 22 years, said she's left feeling "unsettled," after a string of recent car break-ins over the last six to nine months.

"It was a bit of a shock," she said.

"Someone's been in my car.  Someone's been in my car."

According to a police report, someone went through Kalil's car as it sat in her driveway Sunday night.

They made away with gas cards, rifled through the center console, leaving her other belongings on the seat.

Just minutes away, on Oakdale Place, neighbor Ryan Padgett says someone went through his car too, stealing his wedding ring and a gun.

According to a police report, the gun was loaded.

Both victims say they left their doors unlocked.

"This has been unusual, and I hope that these people are caught, but I still feel safe in my neighborhood," Kalil said.

Meanwhile, neighbor Amanda Smith is looking for a new security system after someone stole cell phone accessories from her locked car, just days before.

Smith says thieves rummaged through her center console as well, leaving her gas tank open, likely hoping to open the trunk.

"These people are pretty bold.  They are clearly organized, and I'd like to see police pay attention."

Neither Charleston police nor County Sheriff's deputies have made any arrests in these incidents.  A spokesperson for the Charleston County Sheriff's office said deputies have increased patrols in the area, and are reminding residents to lock their car doors at all times.

"I still have got to believe that people are good deep down, and this is still a safe neighborhood," Smith said.

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