Crime & Courts

Man arrested in Gastonia car break-ins

Jeremy Steven Conrad
Jeremy Steven Conrad Gastonia Police Department

Gastonia police have arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with six car break-ins since July.

Jeremy Steven Conrad of Gastonia was arrested and charged with six counts each of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny. Conrad was jailed on $100,000 bail.

Cars were broken into on Firethorn Court, Tea Olive Drive and Robinwood Road, police said.

Items stolen included a wallet, sunglasses, cologne, makeup, a GPS unit, games, a camera bag and equipment, headphones, a briefcase, an iPad and a bag of clothing.

Some of the vehicles were locked, and others were unlocked, police said.

Police urged residents to lock their cars and not leave any items of value in plain view.

Also:

▪ When using your garage, make sure your vehicle and garage door are locked.

▪ Completely close all car windows.

▪ Try to park in well-lit areas close to your destination.

▪ If valuables need to be left in your vehicle, place them in the trunk prior to arriving at your destination.

▪ Engrave expensive accessories.

▪ Use anti-theft devices such as a tire or steering wheel lock and an audible alarm.

▪ Take out removable radios and face plates.

▪ Avoid parking between large vehicles, as they provide cover for thieves.

▪ Avoid leaving your vehicles running while unattended, especially while warming the vehicle.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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