Robbers involved in a rash of vehicle break-ins early Sunday morning reportedly stole close to $2,000 in cash, four bicycles worth $2,000, an HP laptop and other items at several apartment complexes and residential areas near Spence Avenue.
A total of 27 vehicles were broken into on Sunday morning between the hours of 1 a.m. and 11 a.m., according to Goldsboro police.
The break-ins started around 1 a.m. and took place at Briarcliff Apartments, 702 Spence Ave.; Spence Place Apartments, 835 Spence Ave.; Oak Brook Apartments, 700 Spence Ave.; Tanglewood Apartments at Cashwell Drive; Hilldale Lane; and Billy Francis Drive, police said.
Several homes in the 100 block of Hilldale Lane were targeted as part of the wave of break-ins, with suspects breaking into four vehicles, including a 2021 Nissan Rogue and 2021 Cadillac XT6, according to police reports. Four bicycles, valued at $500 each, were also stolen from under a carport at 111 Hilldale Lane.
The most targeted area included apartment complexes along North Spence Avenue where 11 vehicles were broken into. Six of the break-ins happened at Oak Brook Apartments where a total of $1,860 in cash was stolen.
In the parking lot of Briarcliff Apartments, four vehicles were broken into with no reports of any items being stolen, police reports show.
During a canvass of the area, police noticed the doors ajar on a black 2017 Toyota Tacoma, at 725 N. Spence Ave., and the contents of the glove box “thrown about,” reports show.
After contacting the owner of the vehicle, police learned that a pair of Oakley sunglasses, valued at $100, a pocket knife, valued at $70, and $40 in cash were taken from the vehicle.
An additional six vehicles were broken into at the Tanglewood Apartment complex, at 2601 Cashwell Drive. Items reportedly taken from vehicles include an HP laptop, valued at $500; $400 Visa gift card; $65 in cash; $30 worth of coins; a coin purse; wallet; and backpack, according to police reports. A 2008 Nissan Altima, at 2600 Cashwell Drive, was also broken into but no items were taken.
Also during the early morning hours Sunday, four vehicles were broken into at an apartment complex on Billy Francis Drive. The only item reported missing was a $10 taser, according to police reports.
Also early Sunday, other vehicles were broken into in the city, at 901 Marvin St. and 400 N. Hillcrest Drive, with no items reported missing.
Police have declined to discuss the rash of vehicle break-ins but believe the same group of people were involved, said LaToya Henry, Goldsboro public information officer.
Police advise residents to lock their vehicles and remove valuables from sight.
Anyone with information can call Goldsboro Police Department investigator Arthur Patelos at 919-580-4217.