3 Held In Rash Of Car Break-Ins

Three men are in custody believed to be responsible for a rash of break-ins into unlocked cars in Clayton over the last two nights.

Clayton Police positively identified the three suspects who had been arrested by Garner Police for similar incidents early Tuesday morning.

Three men were seen on video at Walmart of Clayton using a credit card that had been stolen from one of the unlocked vehicles in Clayton’s Cobblestone neighborhood early Monday morning. The men in the video matched the suspects arrested in Garner early-Tuesday.

The suspects’ names and specific charges were not immediately available.

Two nights in a row, Clayton neighborhoods have been hit by thieves looking for easy prey: unlocked cars.  On Monday morning, 11 unlocked cars in the Cobblestone neighborhood area off US 70 and Main Street were entered by thieves. Thankfully, the most that was taken was $10.

Then early Tuesday, a resident in the Stalling Mills apartments off US 70 and Shotwell Road called 911 to report 3 suspicious men walking through the parking lot, trying to open car doors. Clayton Police arrived immediately with one of K9 units to search the area. Two unlocked cars were entered, but nothing appeared to be stolen.

In each case, residents described the suspects as three men wearing all black or gray, two of them with dreadlocks in their hair.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating two car break-ins outside the Clayton city limits.