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Greenville Co. deputies send warning to public after 60 vehicles stolen in two-week period

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Greenville Co. deputies said there's been a rash of car thefts where people leave their cars on and unattended (FOX Carolina: 2/5/2018). Greenville Co. deputies said there's been a rash of car thefts where people leave their cars on and unattended (FOX Carolina: 2/5/2018).
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Greenville County Sergeant Ryan Flood said auto theft investigators have seen a surprising number of car thefts in a two-week period, numbers they don't typically see even during the winter months when car thefts are up.

"Throughout the county we might see five, maybe 10 a week on some hot weeks," Flood said. "To see the influx that we've had from January 19 through February 1, being 60 stolen vehicles it's huge."

Flood said he does believe at least a third of those thefts though, could have been prevented.

"Out of those 60, 21 is directly stemming from people leaving their vehicles unattended and running," he said.

Of the three reports FOX Carolina obtained from the Greenville County Sheriff's Office, one happened at an apartment complex on Wade Hampton Boulevard, a second at the 7-Eleven on Wade Hampton and a third at the Spinx Station on Augusta Road in Piedmont. One thing all three reports have in common was the drivers walked away from the vehicles and left them running.

"We know it's cold outside, stay in you vehicle when it is running. When it is not running, take the keys and lock the car as well," said Flood.

At both gas stations, deputies said the culprits were caught on camera but Flood said the cases are also another reminder that drivers need to keep their eyes peeled too. 

"Several of these incidents have reported vehicles driving around, circulating the area watching somebody. The moment they step away they're coming and taking the cars," said Flood.

Flood said the thieves are dumping the cars in all different ways. He said some of are selling the cars to chop shops, selling them for drugs or selling them to other people.

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