Multiple vehicles broken into on Cat Island

loberle@beaufortgazette.comMay 1, 2014 

At least six cars in the Olde Tabby Park neighborhood on Cat Island were broken into Tuesday night, according to a neighborhood resident.

Ginger Wareham said she spoke with a Beaufort County sheriff's deputy at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and reported that her and her husband's unlocked vehicles had been broken into.

Nothing was stolen from the Warehams, but papers and items from the glove box and center console were strewn around the vehicles.

The deputy told Wareham on Wednesday morning that it was the sixth vehicle break-in reported in her neighborhood, which is near Lady's Island. Attempts Thursday to reach Sgt. Robin McIntosh and Sheriff P.J. Tanner were unsuccessful.

The deputy also told her the suspect was likely the same person sought for stealing a golf cart in the neighborhood.

A Dolphin Point Drive resident reported his golf cart was found unattended Wednesday morning at the intersection of Island Causeway and Lady's Island Drive, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

A witness reported seeing a white male, 16 to 19 years old, with curly brown hair driving the golf cart early Wednesday, the release said.

"The police said they think he drove the golf cart through the neighborhood breaking into unlocked cars," Wareham said.

Peter Wyman also left his vehicle unlocked Tuesday night, and bank cards and checkbooks were stolen from his Toyota Prius, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

His wife, Karen Wyman, said such break-ins have happened several times since they moved to the neighborhood six years ago, but this is the first time they were victims.

"This is a really safe and community-oriented neighborhood," she said. "I think what happens is people will get thoughtful about locking a car, and then relax after a little while."

Wareham said her and her husband's cars also were broken into in January, along with other neighbors' vehicles. Nothing was stolen from the Warehams that time, either, but she said other neighbors reported purses, cash and other valuables missing.

Wareham said she and her husband had left their cars unlocked both times.

Pam Wentworth, whose husband is the president of the Olde Tabby Park Homeowner's Association, said she has noticed additional deputies patrolling the neighborhood since the break-ins.

Follow reporter Laura Oberle at twitter.com/IPBG_Laura.

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