Camden sheriff: Thieves steal guns, cameras in B&Es


From staff reports

Saturday, September 16, 2017

CAMDEN — The Camden sheriff is warning county residents to ensure their valuables are secured in the wake of recent break-ins in which thieves made off with guns and camera equipment.

Three break-ins have been reported in the northern part of the county over the past couple of months, the latest happening on Thursday, Sheriff Tony Perry said Saturday. Guns and cameras were taken in the break-ins, he said.

Perry urged residents who own firearms to make sure they’re locked in safes. He also advised residents without burglar alarm systems to have one installed.

Camden Sheriff's Lt. Max Robeson briefly mentioned the break-ins during last month’s “Hands Across the Border” law enforcement checkpoint at the North Carolina-Virginia border on U.S. Highway 17. Robeson advised participating officers to be on the lookout for an older sport utility vehicle carrying two men believed to have broken into homes by kicking in the door. Robeson said the men had stolen guns after breaking in.

Perry said it’s his understanding that the thieves responsible for Thursday’s break-in used another type of vehicle. He said the thieves probably have sold the stolen guns to either gun runners, drug dealers or other criminals. Stolen cameras and other electronics are also items thieves try to sell, he said.