If you aren’t already locking your vehicles, it’s a good time to start.
A number of Ellabell residents have reported last week unlocked vehicles were entered and items were stolen. Most of the thefts were reported Nov. 23 and took place on Joshua Circle, according to several Bryan County Sheriff’s Office incident reports. Reported stolen were tools, purses, wallets, checks, money, phones and, in one case, a speech device for a special needs child.
There also were reports of vehicles on Joshua Circle that had been “rummaged through,” but owners found nothing missing.
Additional thefts from unlocked vehicles were reported on Park Place and Bonnie Circle in Ellabell, as well.
A Bonnie Circle man reported loading his pickup to go hunting and getting up at 4 a.m. Nov. 23 to find his shotgun, shells, hunting mask and decoys stolen.
But North Bryan wasn't the only place where thefts from autos have been reported to BCSO. On Nov. 22, a woman who had been fishing with family at the Tivoli boat dock reported her purse stolen from her car.
said she discovered the theft when she went to check her phone, which she’d
left in the car because she was afraid she’d drop it in the water.
The woman told the deputy when she got back to her car she discovered a door open and the purse gone. It contained her wedding rings, two smart phones and prescription medications.
However, her wallet, with her driver’s license and bank cards, was safe. The woman said she hid it under the front seat.
The woman told deputies she noticed an “older read Chevy truck with loud mufflers pull into the parking lot of Tivoli boat dock and leave shortly after.”
She was told to contact BCSO if she found other items missing or managed to track the stolen smart phones.
Law enforcement recommends vehicles be locked and valuables not be left in plain sight.