By Charlie Bauder, WNEG Radio, Toccoa
The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to be on the lookout following an increase in burglaries recently.
Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley says that during the last several weeks, his office has seen an increase in burglaries and thefts from residences, mainly in the southern end of the county.
Shirley says that the burglaries appear to share similarities with each other and with burglaries in neighboring counties.
“The similarities where in the way that they made entry into the home”, said Sheriff Shirley. “Also, the locations of the homes showed similarities.”
The Sheriff says his office is working with authorities in Elbert, Habersham, Franklin, and Hart counties on this investigation.
Meanwhile, Shirley reminds residents to make sure their homes are secure.
He also encourages people to make sure their valuables are as secure as possible within the home, adding that people should consider keeping valuables separated to make it harder for a potential burglar to find things.
Shirley also says people should keep an eye out for things out of the ordinary.
“We’re asking also if they see a strange vehicle in the area”, said Sheriff Shirley. “We believe they are staking these homes out waiting for someone to leave.”
The Sheriff also encourages neighborhoods to contact his office if interested in setting up a neighborhood watch program.
In the meantime, anyone with information on the burglaries should contact the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office or your local law enforcement agency.