A string of auto-related thefts targeting work trucks and vans were reported on the same day earlier this month in the Lilburn area.
At least eight vehicles were broken into on the evening of Feb. 3, according to Gwinnett County Police reports. The incidents occurred within a two-mile radius along Lilburn-Stone Mountain Road, Arcado Road, Cole Drive and Killian Hill.
On the 400 block of Horseshoe Circle, one resident said he found the doors open to his corporate work van when he was about to leave for work at 4 a.m. A $500 computer, two drills costing $310 and a $300 electrical carrier were taken.
Nearby, two vehicle break-ins were reported along the 400 block of Arcadia Place. More than $4,500 worth of saws, drills and tool carriers were taken from one man's unlocked truck in one incident. Similar tools valuing up to $4,400 were taken from another man's unlocked truck box in the other incident.
On the 500 block of Gregg Drive, a $200 saw was taken from one man's truck's bed, which is covered with a vinyl cover.
Finally, four vehicles, one of them a work truck, were reportedly broken into at one home off the 600 block fo Dorsey Circle. No work materials were taken from the van, but a pair of sunglasses were. Multiple items, including a car charger, an iPod, a bookbag, a $200 calculator and a pocket knife, were reported missing from the other three passenger cars.
The homeowner, who's also the owner of the truck, told police that his son's car was broken into a few days before, but they believed it was a joke because of the items taken, so they didn't report it.
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