One arrest made over vehicle burglary spree

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Brookhaven Police Chief Pap Henderson said an arrest has been made after a rash of vehicle burglaries hit the city last week.

     Thomas Manning, 19, of 702 Hinds St., was arrested Sunday night after a resident saw him attempting to break into a car on Harris Street. Manning is charged with four counts of vehicle burglary, but there may be more.

     “The investigation is ongoing,” Henderson said. “We have him on four counts of vehicle burglary that he confessed to, but we don’t think that was all that he did.”

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     Henderson said they believe Manning was the only one involved in the vehicle burglary spree.

     “To our knowledge, he was the only one involved in the burglaries,” he said.

     Henderson said none of the stolen items have been recovered as of yet.

     Brookhaven Police Department reports list five vehicle burglaries on Thursday alone and seven in total going back to last Sunday.

     Henderson said the burglaries were happening mostly at night and the thief was targeting cars he could look inside.

     Henderson recommended people keep valuables out of view in cars or remove them altogether.

     “I need people to be more cautious about leaving things in their cars,” he said. “It’s cars whose owners left something of value in their car that are getting broken into.”

     The crimes occurred mostly on the east side of town and some on the northern part, according to Henderson.