Cary, NC – After a break-in by five men in one home, the Cary police are asking community members if they have any information or may recognize the car that was stolen during the robbery.
From the Town of Cary:
The Town of Cary Police Department is putting homeowners on notice following the report of an overnight home invasion involving multiple suspects and victims. Just after 2 a.m. on June 16, police responded to the 400 block of Sandy Whispers Place, where it’s believed five black males forcibly entered the rear door of an occupied home. Once inside, two adults were held at gun point while two of the suspects forced a third adult to a local ATM and withdraw money. At the home, electronics, jewelry, handbags and wallets were taken; the suspects regrouped and fled the scene with one victim’s vehicle, a 2013 blue Ford Explorer with NC license number CLA-5098. Minor injuries were reported as part of the invasion. At this stage in the investigation, detectives believe this to be a crime of opportunity and that the victims were not targeted.
To combat home break-ins, police are reminding residents to:
• Be vigilant, immediately reporting suspicious or unfamiliar vehicles and pedestrians to police.
• Book a home safety inspection, a free service by the Town of Cary, by calling (919) 469-4324. A police officer will go on location to identify physical weaknesses in and around a home and offer low-cost suggestions to improve safety and security.
• Make sure that all doors, windows, and skylights are secured with the best possible locks, and check locks regularly to ensure they remain in good working order. While no lock is burglar proof, the more difficult it is to gain entry, the longer it will take, which increases the chances of burglars’ getting caught.
• Use variable light timers and motion-sensitive lights to activate lighting inside your home.
• If utilizing an alarm system, make sure to have clearly visible signage stating the premises is protected by an alarm and set video systems to record day and nighttime activity.
• Ensure valuables are not visible from the street, especially high-end electronics.
• Organize a neighborhood block party as part of the August 2 National Night Out, a nationwide celebration of safety and crime prevention. Meeting your neighbors is one of the best ways to keep your street safe, and Town of Cary police officers are available to attend and share safety and crime prevention tips.
The suspects are believed to be between the ages of 18-35 of varying weights and heights, and were all wearing masks and dark clothing. Anyone near the area during the time of the incident is encouraged to contact the Town of Cary Police Department at (919) 469-4012 or file a report anonymously with Cary Crime Stoppers at (919) 460-4636. Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,500 for the arrest or indictment of those responsible for committing certain types of crimes. All calls will be kept CONFIDENTIAL at the caller’s request.
For real-time crime updates, follow the Town of Cary’s Safety account on Twitter @TOC_Safety.
Town of Cary Crime Alerts are intended to quickly raise public awareness of a potential or emerging crime issue so that citizens can take preventative action. Crime Alerts are typically issued before substantial information or evidence exists to point to a particular suspect or warrant a full news release.
Capt. Randall Rhyne, Criminal Investigations Division, (919) 469-4017
Carrie Roman, Public Information Specialist, (919) 481-5091
Susan Moran, Public Information Director, (919) 380-4240
Story by staff reports.