Police urge citizens to take more steps to secure vehicles after series of break-ins
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 1:00 AM
Law enforcement officials are urging citizens to better secure their vehicles after another series of break-ins over the weekend.
A silver Dodge van was broken into Saturday morning after the driver parked it on the side of the road after experiencing problems on Mississippi 16 west, Chief of Police Bill Cox.
A white male initially stopped and offered to help her, but he got upset when she wouldn't pay to buy parts for repairs, Cox said.
"He left and after a while she left, leaving her van on the side of the road," Cox said. "When she returned a window had been busted out and a Canon camera and some check stubs were taken."
No arrest has been made but she did provide a description, Cox said.
Later that same day at noon, an unknown black male approached a vehicle with its window down parked on 1127 East Ave.
"He reached in and grabbed an iPhone," Cox said.
Then on Sunday, a vehicle belonging to a guest at Deluxe Inn on Holland Avenue was broken into and a Garmin GPS and a purse containing a credit card and a pair of gold earrings were stolen.
Chad Chadwich, 28, of Ashley, Ark., was arrested and charged with auto breaking and entering in that incident.
"He gained entry through the passenger front door," Cox said. "The items were recovered from his hotel room."
The victim in that crime thanked the police for recovering her items.
"I am from another state and have never met a nicer or thorough police officers," she said in an email to The Neshoba Democrat. "The citizens of Philadelphia should sleep good at night knowing these guys and ladies are on patrol."
These incidents are the most recent in a series of auto break-ins, including two last week: one at Woodcrest Apartments and another at Walmart.
"There is no inkling of a connection," Cox said. "They appear to be random acts of opportunity."
Chief Cox urged citizens to more care to secure their vehicles and suggested taking out or hiding valuable items when parked.