HAMLET — Police are hoping surveillance video of a vehicle break-in early Friday morning will help them catch whoever is responsible.
Video from a home on Whistle Road appears to show two men walking across the yard and approaching the two vehicles in the driveway.
One suspect, wearing a white or light-gray hooded jacket, opens the driver-side door of a Buick Enclave and begins to search through the front seat. The other suspect walks around the the passenger side of an extended-cab GMC truck, but police say that vehicle was locked.
In less than a minute, the suspects have walked out of view of the screen.
Detective Capt. Randy Dover said he believes the pair was dropped off and picked back up by a car seen in the upper right corner of the video.
Nothing was taken from that incident, however, another victim wasn’t as lucky: a Ford-150 on Freeman Mill Road was also broken into that night.
According to an incident report, the perpetrator made off with a Hewlett-Packard laptop computer, two flash drives and a laptop bag from the truck.
Dover believes the two crimes are connected, as they happened less than two miles apart.
In a presumably unrelated case, a 2017 Nissan Titan was broken into on Aberdeen Street. A purse and wallet with $20 in cash and a grape Gatorade were stolen from that vehicle, according to a report.
Dover encourages Hamlet residents — and everyone else in the county — to “lock your doors, lock your doors, lock your doors.”
He said the suspects were just checking vehicles that were unlocked and none of them were forced open.
Anyone with information on any of these cases is encouraged to call the Hamlet Police Department at 910-582-2551 or Richmond County Crime Stoppers at 910-997-5454.
Reach William R. Toler at 910-817-2675.