Police have increased patrols in a Bluffton community after a burglary Sunday night.
About 7:30 p.m., a 53-year-old woman was in her Lawton Station home when she heard a noise in the garage and called 911, according to Capt. Angela McCall-Tanner of the Bluffton Police Department. Someone had broken into the garage and taken a $200 purse from her car, according to a police report.
On Monday, police received a report from the woman's neighbor about a suspicious incident. The 45-year-old woman returned home shortly before 8 p.m. Monday to find her cat on her screened porch, McCall-Tanner said. The woman said she had not let her cat inside.
Nothing was missing from her home, and there were no signs that a suspect tried to break in, McCall-Tanner said. However, the Bluffton department increased patrols "out of an abundance of precaution," she said.
Bluffton police have also noticed a rash of smash-and-grab car break-ins near Lawton Station in recent weeks, McCall-Tanner said, particularly in the area near S.C. 170.
Officers urge residents to keep car doors locked and hide all belongings -- including power plugs and windshield mounts for cellphones and navigation systems.