Baldwin County authorities are investigating a rash of entering vehicles in the Waters Edge Subdivision within a two-day period over the weekend.
At least nine vehicles - all of which are believed to have been unlocked - were rummaged through for valuables. The crimes yielded the person involved only a small amount of currency and change, as well as a handgun.
No one had been arrested in connection with the crime spree as of Monday morning, according to Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Detective Capt. Brad King.
The subdivision is located off Log Cabin Road in the northern end of the county.
Deputy Brandon Clements reported that a 2014 Ford Escape was entered at a residence in the 100 block of Waterford Court sometime on Friday.
The deputy said a woman at that residence told him that a friend of her daughter had called to tell her that someone was breaking into cars in the neighborhood. The woman later went out and checked her daughter’s vehicle and discovered that someone had stolen her daughter’s red wallet.
The wallet was later discovered in a trash can of a nearby neighbor. The wallet, which was later returned to its owner, had contained $10.
Clements said he later received responded to a call to a residence on the 100 block of Waters Edge Drive, where someone had entered three different vehicles.
The vehicles included a 2016 Nissan Altima, a 2018 Honda Pilot Elite, and a 2010 Ford F-150 pickup truck.
A woman living at that address told the deputy that someone had gone through all three of the vehicles, including the ones belonging to her son and daughter.
The only valuable stolen from either of those vehicles was a Ruger .380-caliber handgun, which had been inside the woman’s Honda Pilot.
Clements said in his report that the stolen gun was listed as stolen through the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC), as well as the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
The following day, Saturday, Deputy Jerome Roberts responded to a couple of calls from neighbors in that same subdivision about someone entering autos.
At least two vehicles, a 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee, as well as a 2011 GMC Terrain SLT were entered.
Roberts said a man whom he talked with about the crime on the 100 block of Waters Edge Drive told him that he had an in-car camera in his Jeep and that it captured video of the man believed responsible.
The man was described as white, wearing an all black pull over and wore a white bandanna over his face and black gloves.
Roberts said the only thing reported stolen from inside the GMC Terrain was a gallon size Ziploc plastic bag that contained an unknown amount of assorted change.
Another entering auto case, meanwhile, was reported Saturday, as well.
It happened at a residence on the 100 block of Water Ridge.
Roberts said a man there told him that someone entered a 2015 Hyundai Sonata, and a 2010 Chevrolet Suburban.
Stolen from a wallet that had been left in the car was approximately $13, according to the man.
Authorities advise residents to lock their vehicles everywhere, including their residences, and not to leave anything of value inside.
Anyone with information about these crimes should call the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 478-445-5102.