Following a string of recent vehicle break-ins near Wooster and Spring Hill, the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office is urging county residents to lock their vehicles and take precautions to prevent more thefts.

According to FCSO Public Information Officer Andy Shock, about a dozen vehicle break-ins have been reported in the area recently. Shock said these break-ins were "crimes of opportunity," since owners had left the vehicles unlocked.

Shock said the suspects did not actually break into the vehicles but entered through unlocked doors. Most of the thefts occurred in smaller subdivisions. Shock said the suspects have gone from driveway to driveway checking for unlocked vehicles.

"We have a few leads we are following up on," Shock said. "We will be picking up patrol in those areas."

In one incident reported to the FCSO, the suspects allegedly entered a home during the night. The front door of the residence was unlocked, and several items were taken from inside. The victim reported to be at home during the incident.

Shock encouraged residents to lock their vehicle doors and not leave valuables inside, especially where they are visible.

Anyone who witnesses any suspicious activity or has any information regarding the thefts is encouraged to contact the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office at 450-4914.

(Staff writer Stephanie Fischer can be reached by e-mail at stephanie.fischer@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1238. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit.)