Auburn teen arrested, charged with burglarizing multiple vehicles

Auburn teen arrested, charged with burglarizing multiple vehicles

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - An Auburn teen has been arrested in connection to stealing various items from multiple vehicles.

On Friday May 15, the Auburn Police Division arrested Jake E. Carpenter, 19, on numerous warrants for burglary and theft of property.

The arrest is the result of an investigation by Auburn police that was initiated on Tuesday, May 12 when multiple victims reported that someone had unlawfully entered their unlocked vehicles and stole various property from inside.

The thefts occurred in the areas of Hillbrook Circle, Fairway Drive, Park Lane Road, Woodley Road, Covington Ridge, Raymer Place, Belcastle Court and Annabrook Drive.

Responding officers were informed that someone illegally entered approximately 10 vehicles while they were parked at residences and stole electronic devices, firearms, jewelry and U.S. currency with a cumulative value of more than $5,000.

As a result of an investigation by police, Carpenter was developed as a suspect.  Detectives conducted a subsequent search of his residence and recovered all of the stolen property.

Carpenter was taken into custody and was charged with 10 counts of unlawful breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, 3 counts of theft of property second degree, one count of theft of property first degree, one count of burglary second degree and 7 counts of theft of property third degree.

He was transported to the Lee County Jail and will be eligible for a $60,000 bond.

The summer months result in increased pedestrian traffic and activity in neighborhoods. The Police Division reminds the public to keep vehicles secure and not leave valuables within view; reporting any suspicious activity is necessary in the prevention of crime.

Taking property from a vehicle, whether locked or unlocked, constitutes unlawful entry of a vehicle and theft and will result in criminal charges.

Contact the Community Services Division of the Auburn Police Division at 334-501-3110 for additional safety tips, advice on how to keep you and your property secure, or to request a home/business safety assessment.

Citizens are encouraged to call Auburn police by dialing 911 or by calling the anonymous tip line 334-246-1391 to report suspicious activity.

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