9 car break-ins reported in northern Rock Hill neighborhood

adouglas@heraldonline.comJune 11, 2013 

— Residents in homes along Mount Gallant Road in northern Rock Hill have fallen victim to a car burglar again.

Nine cars were broken into in one Rock Hill neighborhood between Sunday night and Monday morning – including four cars in one driveway.

All cars were unlocked, which should serve as a reminder to people to lock their car doors, even when parked outside their home, said Trent Faris, York County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

The cars were parked along Elderwood Road, Seneca Place, Bloomfield Drive and Palmetto Drive.

The string of car break-ins happened within a 15-minute drive of three neighborhoods where 33 cars were burglarized last month.

In early May, car break-ins in two neighborhoods in the Clover and York areas were reported during one night. Later that week, 10 cars were broken into on Rock Hill’s Denali Way.

Deputies have upped patrols in these areas since the earlier outbreak, Faris said.

The sheriff’s office is pursuing several leads regarding the break-ins, he said.

One man on Thomas Sam Drive gave Rock Hill Police a description of a man who was shining a flashlight into parked cars around 4 a.m. Monday. He told officers the man was wearing a dark colored jumpsuit and some sort of head gear, a police report states.

Police could not locate the suspect and there were no car break-ins on Thomas Sam Drive on Sunday or Monday, according to the report.

The suspicious man ran toward Museum Road, the man told police.

Thomas Sam Drive is located about one mile from Channing Park Way where officers investigated 22 car break-ins in early May.

Rock Hill Police did not respond to any calls of car break-ins in the immediate area on Monday or Tuesday.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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