New Ellenton Police investigating rash of break-ins, asking public for help

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Friday, Mar. 14, 2014

NEW ELLENTON, S.C. (WRDW) -- Hank Roland lives just a walking distance away from where a number of houses have been burglarized, but the New Ellenton man isn't afraid.

"People should let it be known that they ain't going to tolerate it, and that stops it quicker than anything," he says.

The New Ellenton Police Department says there have been five burglaries and three attempted burglaries just over the past month and a half.

"We're looking for fingerprints, we're looking for footprints, we just recently will call the dogs in to track them if we have a time period, we're talking to people, we're going door-to-door asking neighbors," says Captain William Cook with the New Ellenton Police Department.

Captain Cook and other officers have been patrolling a lot, but there are still no arrests after the rash of burglaries throughout the city.

"Most of them are TVs, laptops, we've had guns taken, and we've had coins taken," he says.

Captain Cook and Chief Alesia Parks are pleading for neighbors to get more involved and be the eyes and ears of the department. Chief Parks plans to ask council to hire more officers for the small department. She's also trying to set up a reserve officer program.

"Even if we had this place full of 200 officers, still, the public's going to be the one that helps us more than anything else," says Cook.

"If I saw something strange, you know, at this house or that house, I'd check them out and find out who it is," adds Roland.

Meanwhile, Roland hopes the burglars are caught.

"They better think about what they're doing, because the old people, nowadays, will hurt you quicker than they would years ago," he says.

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