PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (WSAV) — It was a busy weekend for the Port Wentworth Police Department, as several cars were broken into in multiple areas over the last few days.
Police say nearly 40 cars were broken into in Rice Creek Apartments, Ardmore Apartments, and a hotel in the area of Highway 21 nest I-95 just over the weekend.
Several vehicles were left unlocked while others had windows smashed, police said. Valuable items and firearms were stolen from several vehicles.
Haley Newell, a resident at Rice Creek Apartments, said both her and her roommate’s cars were broken into.
“I sprinted down the stairs,” she said. “I didn’t believe it until I saw it and I just broke down crying because it wasn’t something I would expect to wake up on a Sunday morning for.”
Newell said money was taken from her glove box, but nothing was taken from the other car. She said it appears someone broke the window with their foot and blood was found on the passenger side of her car.
“I did go out to the vehicle about an hour before the incident happened because I was getting actually ready to head out to work too about an hour after that,” Newell said. “I would never expect it but at the same time, you never expect something like this to ever happen to you, until it actually does.”
Newell said it will cost upwards of $680 to repair her car and she’s now looking to also install more cameras and alert systems.
“I do work two jobs so it’s very difficult even just to actually get free time to do stuff like this,” she said. “A lot of people are upset about it right now. I know a few other vehicles they found handprints on it. A lot of weapons were stolen out of vehicles. They were really targeting just getting cash and weapons.”
Port Wentworth police want to remind citizens to remove all valuables, including firearms, from vehicles when left unattended.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call the Port Wentworth Police Department at 912-964-4360, submit a tip on the Port Wentworth PD’s Tip411 app, or call the Savannah-Chatham CrimeStoppers at 912-234-2020