Burglaries in Yulee

One suspect has been identified in a rash of burglaries in the area of Brooker Road, Haven Road, Gannett Avenue and Roses Bluff Road in Yulee in the early hours Wednesday morning, and the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office is looking for more.

According to a news release from Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper, the suspects burglarized at least 11 vehicles and two residences, stealing weapons, cash, prescription medication and other valuable items. Most vehicles had been left unlocked.

“NCSO investigators have identified at least one 17-year-old juvenile suspect who was involved and are actively looking for at least two other suspects, as well as clearing several other burglaries that have occurred in recent months,” said Leeper in the news release.

Anyone who may have any information as to these or any other burglaries is asked to call the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 548-4005 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS (8477).

Imploring citizens to take “common sense steps” to protect their property, Leeper offered these bullet points in the news release:

  • Lock your car doors and keep windows up.  Many criminals will walk down the street and pull door handles and enter only those vehicles that are unlocked.
  • Many suspects won't risk breaking a vehicle window because it can be noisy and draw attention to them.
  • Take valuables out of your car, if possible.  If not, place the valuables out of sight.  If a criminal doesn’t see anything, they’re less likely to break in and will go to the next vehicle.  Remember to hide valuables BEFORE you park in the place you’re leaving your vehicle.
  • Record the serial numbers of valuables you must leave in your vehicle.  This can be helpful in recovering the property if it were stolen.
  • Park in areas that are well lit and not secluded. Criminals often like to work in areas where they won’t be seen.
  • If you have the choice, use parking lots that have security guards patrolling the area.

“There is no way to prevent all crime, but by following the simple steps outlined above, you will greatly reduce the chance that your vehicle will be burglarized,” Leeper said in the release.

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