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Neighbors on Edge Over Recent Break-ins

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WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office is investigating a string of break-ins over the past few days in two different county neighborhoods.  Authorities say the break-ins have occurred in cars and garages and those crimes have been entirely too easy to commit.  Police say the majority of the crimes have occurred because doors have been left unlocked.

Rene Harrison lives just off Old Ocean City Road in one of the neighborhoods targeted by the thieves.  Harrison says she was fortunate nothing was stolen from her, but that doesn't mean somebody didn't attempt to do so.

"I came home from work because I work 3 to 11 and the next morning we were getting ready to go somewhere and he asked me why the glove compartment was open. And I told him it wasn't like that when I came home," Harrison told WBOC.

Authorities tell WBOC when crimes like these happen, whoever is responsible is usually doing so for one common purpose.

"One thing we do know that fuels a lot of these crimes in drug use. People looking for things that they can steal and they can sell or exchange for cash quickly to try and get stuff.  Right now, it's to buy heroin," said Lt. Tim Robinson of the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office.

Harrison said in her neighborhood, people would not think twice about leaving the car doors or garages left unlocked.  However, that has changed.

"We've been locking our truck now at night time and we've been keeping an eye out. Trying to stay up a little bit later at night time to see if we hear anything," said Harrison.

Police say in all but one case, the car or garage doors were left unlocked.  Robinson says one car window was smashed and in that instance, a purse was left in plain view on the seat.

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