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Car Break-in Leads to Burglary

The incident is one of several car break-ins which have occurred in Hamilton Mill during the past two weeks.

A Hamilton Mill home was burglarized after a thief or thieves used the garage door opener found in an unlocked car. Credit: Kristi Reed
A Hamilton Mill home was burglarized after a thief or thieves used the garage door opener found in an unlocked car. Credit: Kristi Reed
A Dacula man lost several hundred dollars worth of equipment after a thief or thieves took advantage of the opportunity presented by an unlocked car door.

Gwinnett County Police were called to the Millwater Crossing home on Dec. 29 after the Hamilton Mill resident exited his house and discovered the garage door was open. The man then noticed the driver's side door on his vehicle was not completely closed.

Upon checking the vehicle, the man realized it had been searched since all of the internal compartments had been opened. The only item taken was a pair of sunglasses valued at $180. After realizing his car had been entered, the man checked his garage and noticed several items were missing including an $1,100 racing bike, a $600 yard blower, a $250 edger and a $250 gas trimmer.

The man told police he believes the thief or thieves used the garage door opener in his vehicle to gain access to the garage. The opener, he said, is very quiet and would not have been audible inside the residence.

There was no sign of forced entry to the vehicle or garage. The man advised his vehicle had not been locked.

The case is listed as active. 

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Lynn Bacon January 04, 2014 at 01:57 PM
It also seems that Millwater Crossing has been the main portion of Hamilton Mill that is consistently hit. Have the police looked into the possibility that the thieves live in Millwater Crossing?
Tammy Osier January 04, 2014 at 05:53 PM
Lynn bacon - what a great idea! It would be easy to just hide in your own home rather than take a chance leaving the neighborhood. I hope they are looking into that possibility. It would also be easy to hide those large items.
Jim S January 04, 2014 at 10:52 PM
There have been other areas hit as well. Sign into www.crimemapping.com and use our zip code to see where the crimes are being reported. As people report crime, the police start to target those areas with high crime.
Jim S January 04, 2014 at 10:53 PM
Crystal, I accidentally left the back door unlocked once, and it scared me to death when the wind blew the door open and the alarm went off.
Jim S January 05, 2014 at 08:54 AM
Since October of last year, I have been advocating a COPS program in Hamilton Mill. Each subdivision would have the opportunity to sign up individually in order to make the program easier to manage. If anyone is interested in this program, please contact me, and I will send you information which will tell you how to become active in this great program! Hamilton Mill residents can find my phone and email on the HM website in the message board.

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