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Eight Vehicle Break-ins In Carolina Beach Tuesday Morning; One Stolen

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CAROLINA BEACH - Carolina Beach Police are investigating one vehicle theft and numerous cases of larceny from vehicles.
At around 5AM Tuesday morning police received a report of a vehicle theft in the 800 block of Carolina Beach Avenue North. The owner, Ms. Balls, reported that her neighbor’s vehicle doors were open. With police arrived Ms. Balls said her red 1990 Ford Ranger pickup truck had been stolen from her driveway and her husbands vehicle had been broken into. Nothing was missing from the other vehicle.
Ms. Balls told police she noticed two other cars in the area with open doors. Nothing was taken from one of the vehicles. Another owner reported just under $6 dollars missing from a plastic jar.
Officers walked the area and found two more vehicles with their doors open.
Those vehicles belonged to Carolina Beach Town Councilman Steve Shuttleworth and his wife. They told officers it appeared nothing had been taken.
Ms. Balls described the Ford Ranger pickup as "beat up with chipped and faded red in color paint. She told officers she frequently allows other people to use the truck including her daughter's boyfriend.
Police sent an officer to the boyfriends address but were not able to make contact. Later that morning other people reported to police their vehicles had been broken into. One owner reported that a rifle was stolen.
A total of eight vehicles were reported including the stolen Ford Ranger pickup.
Carolina Beach Police Chief Kurt Bartley said people should lock their cars and not leave valuables in plain sight.
He said most of the car break-ins are the result of the drivers not locking their car doors. Over the past several years they have noticed that very few vehicles are actually break-ins by force. They now typically like to just walk down the street looking for the unlocked cars.