While many areas of Clayton were without power throughout the weekend due to the icy conditions, thieves were busy breaking into cars.
Between Friday and Monday morning, a total of 13 car break-ins were reported to the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.
The break-ins occurred in two areas, along Cornwallis Road near the Johnston-Wake County line and on Guy Road near the Clayton city limits.
Sheriff’s Detective Lt. M.J. Carson said all 13 car break-ins have one thing in common, the vehicles were all left unlocked.
A total of $3,628 in items were removed from the vehicles including cash, credit cards, GPS unit, a laptop computer, cordless drill, and a tool bag.
Lt. Carson urges vehicle owners to keep their cars locked at all times and valuables out of sight. In the most recent rash of car break-ins, no locked vehicles in the neighborhoods targeted were forcibly entered.