Thieves target locked cars in Plaza Midwood

Police say there's been a rash of break-ins in a popular Charlotte neighborhood.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It wasn’t the Halloween evening Kari Hermann had planned; instead of passing out candy to kids in Plaza Midwood, Hermann was filing a police report.

Her vehicle was broken-in to Monday morning-- for the second time in a week. 

“I walked up to my car and there was some random stuff from my car on the ground, like outside the car. And I’m like, 'so I’m messy, but not that messy,'” she said.

She opened her car doors and was greeted by a big mess.

“It literally looked like raccoons had rifled through my car,” Hermann explained.

The thieves stole $30 of emergency gas money, clothing, and a fit bit charger.

Since Kari’s car doors were locked, she now knows she can’t give criminals any more reasons to want to break in.

“Now I’m just not going to leave anything in the car ever, which is really annoying,” she said.

Police also said more and more thieves are breaking into pickup trucks and SUVs, searching the glove box for any weapons.

They are still working to determine how the criminal broke into Hermann’s car.

Police advise drivers to keep their vehicles clean because if you do fall victim to a break in, it is more difficult for officers to collect fingerprints from a dirty car.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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