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      Florence County Sheriff's Office warns of home, car break-ins

      The Florence County Sheriff's Office is investigating a rash of home and vehicle break-ins over the past several days in Florence County.

      According to Investigators, while there is no particular discernable pattern or location, a number of the recent break-ins have occurred in the Siesta Village, Windsor Forest, Grove Park and Vintage Place neighborhoods.

      Investigators believe that the home break-ins are partially the result of thieves noticing empty boxes of items given as Christmas gifts such as flat screen televisions, computer games and other electronic equipment being left for trash collectors on the side of the road.

      In addition, these areas continue to experience vehicle break-ins, particularly at night, some of which are left unlocked.

      Items visible from outside the vehicle such as GPS units, CD players, money and other valuables are an invitation to thieves to break into the vehicles as the items are easily disposed of on the street.

      In addition, investigators continue to receive reports of handguns being stolen out of vehicles.

      Crime Watch Organizations are on heightened alert and are available to receive information of suspicious activity.

      Anyone having information regarding these break-ins or any other suspicious activity is asked to contact FCSO.