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Rash of car break-ins on James Island

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A rash of recent car break-ins on James Island has neighbors on high alert.

"Not a whole lot in absolute numbers, but high for James Island," Mayor Bill Woolsey said.

News 2 looked at the James Island Crime Report from April 22 through May 3. There were eight vehicle break-ins reported within the town. They were spread out across the town. In some cases the cars were unlocked while others were broken into.

"It really was not centralized in one neighborhood. I thought that was kind of surprising actually," Woolsey said.

"We've had cameras stolen, money out of cars and guns stolen," Woolsey explained.

A man on Seafarer Way had two guns stolen from his vehicle.

James Ellis has not been a victim of the most recent crimes, but he had a gun stolen from his truck about a year ago.

"The door was open and the gun was missing," Ellis recalled.

"It was the middle of the night... When I came out the next morning, I got everything adjusted before I backed out. I looked down and noticed that my hand gun was missing," Ellis said.

A couple of months later his neighbor found the holster of that gun buried in shrubbery. He and his family are alert now after the theft.

"A lot of times in the middle of the night, if the dogs growl or bark, I'm up like a flash," he said.

"We are working to develop Crime Watch and we are trying to get people aware and keep crime down," Woolsey said.

Law officials remind that you should make it difficult for criminals to victimize you by keeping your car locked and removing valuables.

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