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Lexington deputies scramble to end rash of home break-ins

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By Darragh Copley - email

LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - Three months, four areas of Lexington County and more than 20 homes robbed. Lexington County deputies are looking for whoever is responsible in a string of break-ins. We talked with a homeowner who fell victim to the crime.

"I had always felt so secure in the neighborhood and that's the thing I hate the most, is my security is gone," the woman said.
     
Her home is just one of more than 20 other home break-ins since the end of March in Lexington County. The woman's neighbor saw a strange car in her driveway and didn't think much of it. After breaking into the victim's house, he went next door.

"A tall slender feller got out with a white sock on one hand and a black sock on the other and looked through her sunroom," said the woman.

The perpetrator left when he realized someone was in the home. "Ten minutes at the most," the woman described.
     
Her neighbor then called police and when they arrived they found
"the door going into the den had been kicked in the and the TV was missing," said the woman. The bill is still on her new door. Her total cost after the break-in was $700.

"We noticed a pattern to these break-ins," said Sheriff James Metts.

Metts says the suspect or suspects are targeting affluent homes between 7:30am and 11:30am. With no leads, the rash of burglaries is his department's top priority.

"We're using our helicopters, directing patrols, using stakeouts, we're going to use everything we got available to us, we are going to apprehend these individuals," he said.

"I appreciate it," said the woman. Her homeowner's association also sent out flyers warning neighbors to be more vigilant. "I just hope it doesn't happen to anyone else and they catch whoever is doing it."

If you know anything, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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