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.
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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.
▪ 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.