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Rash of Bluffton car break-ins prompts Sheriff's Office investigation

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Several vehicle break-ins have occurred in and around Bluffton during the past two weeks, with windows smashed and purses grabbed, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office news release.

The Sheriff's Office has recorded nine recent break-ins spread among Westbury Park, Fern Lakes, Lake Linden, Lakes at Myrtle Park, Baywood and Meadowbrook, Sgt. Robin McIntosh said. The Bluffton Police Department has fielded similar reports in Mill Creek, The Farm, Hidden Lakes and Pinecrest.

Most of the vehicles' windows were smashed, though some property was taken from unlocked cars, the release said. Purses have been the most commonly stolen item, the release said.

In an incident last Thursday, a resident of Old Farm Road in Meadowbrook discovered her car's window shattered, causing $200 in damage, according to an incident report. A pink Kathy Van Zeeland purse, gold chain necklace and silver loop earrings worth a total of $390 were taken, the report said.

A few days earlier, a Michael Kors tote bag, wallet and cash totaling $420 were taken from a car in Westbury Park, a report said. That vehicle's window was shattered, causing $250 in damage.

An estimate of the total value of stolen property and property damage was not available Wednesday from the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies and police are working together to identify suspects, the release said. The Sheriff's Office says residents should not leave valuables unattended or cars unlocked.

Follow reporter Rebecca Lurye at twitter.com/IPBG_Rebecca.

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