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Posted: February 3, 2010 12:30 a.m.

NCSO seeks suspects in 5 car break-ins

Investigators from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office are asking for help in locating the person(s) responsible for breaking into five cars in the Eastwood Forrest subdivision between late-Monday night and early-Tuesday morning.

According to NCSO Public Information Officer 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, deputies began receiving calls around 7 a.m. Tuesday morning from residents who realized their vehicles had been burglarized overnight.

Many of the cars had been left unlocked and various items were stolen, such as purses, GPS’, laptops, weapons and other personal effects. Deputies are stepping up patrols in the area, but according to Mitchell, they are asking residents to help them fight back.

Mitchell urged people to call 911 if they see activity they think is suspicious or if they feel like someone is lurking around their property.

"If your flood lights come on or your dogs start barking and you feel uncomfortable — call us," he said. "Don’t feel like it is bothering us to call if you feel something isn’t right. That’s what we’re here for."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the NCSO at (678) 625-1400 or online at www.newtonsheriffga.org. All tips can be given anonymously.

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