Series of Car Break-ins Bring Reminders to Lock Your Doors

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Series of Car Break-ins Bring Reminders to Lock Your Doors
Hillsborough police have been pushing a 9 p.m. routine of making sure doors are locked. The Facebook posts, with #9PMRoutine, note: "It's 9 p.m. You didn't forget to lock your cars and homes did you? Criminals don't take days off."

When you’re stepping out of your car, remember to lock it and to not leave valuables visible.

Hillsborough police are reminding the community to not allow themselves to be victims of opportunity.

This past weekend, 14 vehicles were broken into overnight in the Magnolia neighborhood off Oakdale Drive in southern Hillsborough, and all were unlocked. In mid-February numerous reports of break-ins also were reported to unlocked vehicles in neighborhoods in that part of town. Several were stolen, with one recovered on Feb. 27 and two suspects arrested. There is no suspect description at this time for the March 9 break-ins.

Of the vehicles stolen in February, one was located Feb. 27 in a parking lot in Durham. While Hillsborough investigators were processing the stolen vehicle for evidence, they encountered two suspects in the break-ins. They detained the suspects. With the Durham Police Department, they recovered a handgun stolen during one of the break-ins and another handgun that had been concealed.

The Hillsborough Police Department charged Isaiah Malik Patterson, 18, of South Roxboro St. in Durham with the following:

  • Eight counts of breaking or entering a motor vehicle.
  • One count of larceny of a firearm.
  • Three counts each of larceny of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny.

The Durham Police Department also charged Patterson with:

  • Possession of a stolen firearm.
  • Possession of a firearm by a felon.
  • Possession of a stolen vehicle.
  • Carrying a concealed weapon.
  • Possession of stolen goods.

He is in the Durham County Jail.

Hillsborough police charged DeSean Dennis Monroe, 17, of Chapel Hill Road in Durham with the following:

  • Nine counts of breaking or entering a motor vehicle
  • Three counts each of larceny of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny.

Durham police also charged Monroe with carrying a concealed weapon. He has been released on bond.

The Hillsborough Police Department has been encouraging residents to complete a 9 p.m. daily routine of ensuring their vehicles and houses are locked. Unlocked vehicles and homes are easy targets for thieves testing door handles.

“Thieves are lazy,” Lt. Andy Simmons noted in a post on the department’s Facebook page. “Make them work to find their victims.”

Crime reporting app

Hillsborough police are using the digital crime reporting smartphone application See Something, Send Something. See the news release for more information and links to sign up.