Car break-ins continue to plague Roxboro

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Roxboro police responded to another rash of car break-ins reported early Monday morning. Six residents of Hill Street reported finding their cars broken into early Monday morning. A seventh resident, on neighboring Hill Street, reported a break-in the next morning.

Police believe all seven break-ins are related and Chief of Police David Hess said his investigators are following some leads in the case. Hess said $60 in cash, a wallet and credit cards were reported stolen in the break-ins. All the cars broken into were unlocked, which has been the case in the majority of similar break-ins reported in rccent weeks.

Despite Roxboro’s low crime rate – crime last year was at a 14-year low – Hess said residents play a role in stopping these crimes before they happen.

“The public has a responsibility to do what it can to protect itself from these kinds of crimes,” Hess said. “I can’t imagine how I would feel if my car got broken into and I had a gun stolen that got used in a homicide. It’s a preventable crime.”

Roxboro police have embarked on an aggressive education campaign to encourage residents to lock their cars at night. “Forty years ago, nobody locked their cars at night. But that’s not the world we live in any more,” Hess said. Police have used social media, local newspaper stories and radio announcements and they’ve addressed the issue in community meetings to raise awareness of the dangers of leaving vehicles unlocked.

Sex offender seen at park

A Person County Sheriff’s deputy responded to Mt. Tirzah Park on Mt. Harmony Church Road Tuesday afternoon, after receiving reports that a registered sex offender was at the park. Deputies found the man sitting in a parked car with a woman he said was his girlfriend. Since their was no one at the park, the deputy told the man to leave and he did.

Officers later received a report that the man had been at the park earlier in the day and had communicated with a woman who was there walking her dogs.

ATV reported stolen

A Roxboro-area man told Person County Sheriff’s deputies Wednesday that someone had stolen an ATV, valued at $2,000, from his front yard on Jessie Hicks Road. The man told deputies he had been living in Virginia for a short time and had left the four-wheeler in his yard while he was away. The victim told deputies he received a call from a neighbor who saw several young men in his yard loading the ATV onto a pick up truck. The neighbor was able to get a photograph of the truck, which the victim shared with deputies.

Investigators questioned the man who owned the truck and he told them he had picked up the four-wheeler at the request of another man who said he was selling the machine for his uncle.

The case remains under investigation.

Dispute over fireworks leads to fight

Two Rougemont men were involved in a scuffle at Oakley’s Garage on Wednesday afternoon following a disagreement over fireworks that one of the men said the other had fired off too close a hay-filled barn.

The argument turned into a fight when one of the men pushed the other. Bystanders broke up the fight between the two men, identified in the report as Tommy Oakley, 71, and Dennis Oakley, 70. Dennis Oakley took out warrants against Tommy Oakley for simple assault. Tommy Oakley was released on a written promise to appear. Tommy Oakley, according to the report, also talked to a magistrate about taking out warrants against Dennis Oakley for communicating threats, but it’s unclear if a warrant was issued against Dennis Oakley.

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