Det. Ryan Seals submitted a report to be read at Summerfield Town Council's Sept. 13 meeting, and in it he wrote the sheriff's department has recently responded to several motor vehicle break-ins at area parks and trailheads throughout northwest Guilford County. He noted that several of the incidents occurred at the trail parking lot at 6900 U.S. 220 in Summerfield and at the Anna Long Marshall Wayside parking lot on 4310 U.S. 220.
"These all involved windows being smashed, purses being stolen and stolen credit cards being used before the victim realized they were targeted," Seals wrote. "We are asking residents to please not leave valuables in their vehicles when visiting area parks/trails, and only take with them the bare necessities."
Seals added that earlier this month there were multiple reports of suspects pulling on car doors and a garage door on Somersby Drive (in the Somerset subdivision) off N.C. 150 in Summerfield.
"We had the same issue last year on Somersby Drive and in the Vineyards," Seals wrote.
He advised residents to ensure the doors to their homes and garages are locked up overnight.
To stay informed about crime-related incidents in the area, Seals encouraged citizens to follow the sheriff's department on NextDoor.com and ring.com/neighbors. Both are free, and the department uses the sites to post information and ask for assistance in addressing matters in the community as they arise. You do not have to have the Ring device to subscribe to Neighbors by Ring on ring.com, Seals pointed out.