Break-ins in the Bluffton area continue with recent reports of the crimes at churches and food banks.
Last week, the violent break-ins began at Canon Fit Gym in Sheridan Park.
Thieves then targeted two cars at Saint Gregory Catholic Church during 5 o’clock mass.
On Monday around lunchtime, a volunteer at God’s Grace Food Bank came out to the parking lot to find her window shattered and her purse gone.
Captain Bob Bromage with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says it’s different from the ordinary “opportunistic” break-ins where thieves walk through parking lots, pulling handles until they find one unlocked.
The trend in the break-ins is consistent: daylight hours, along Highway 278 and a large rock being used to break windows.
“I guess it becomes a little bit more ambitious when you start throwing rocks through windows in the middle of the afternoon, of course, that increases their chance of being discovered… that’s a certain level of desperation,” Bromage explained.
He says break-ins typically increase during the holidays. To avoid becoming a victim, Bromage urges residents to lock any valuables in their trunk.