From: Auburn Police Division
The Auburn Police Division arrested Christopher A. Manley, age 18, of Auburn, on a warrant charging him with Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle.
His arrest stems from the investigation of a police report taken earlier that day in which a victim reported their vehicle broken into while it was parked at an apartment complex located in the 500 block of Shelton Mill Road.
The investigation further revealed that two 16-year-old Auburn juveniles are connected to the case and to other vehicle burglaries that have recently occurred. Their arrests on two counts of Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle are pending. Property stolen during some of the burglaries has been recovered and police hope to solve a number of open cases as a result of these arrests.
The Auburn Police Division believes these vehicle burglaries are the result of a growing nation-wide trend commonly referred to as "car hopping." Mostly committed by teens and young adults, car hopping perpetrators pillage through vehicles and then steal whatever valuables they find inside.
The thieves heavily target items like GPS's, radio systems, sunglasses, wallets, tools, and sports equipment. Most often the stolen property is kept for personal use by the thief or sold, even given away, to friends and classmates.
Car hopping (or Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle) is a serious felony offense. Punishment, if convicted, carries a penalty of one to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.