Auburn man arrested in connection with several car thefts

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Auburn Police have confirmed the arrest of a man in connection to multiple burglary and theft warrants.

Auburn man Jake Carpenter arrested Friday and charged nearly two dozen times. Carpenter’s arrest comes after authorities first started investigating a series of reported car thefts. 

Authorities received reports from Hillbrook Circle, Fairway Drive, Park Lane Road, Woodley Road, Covington Ridge, Raymer Place, Belcastle Court and Annabrook Drive about a suspect illegally breaking into parked vehicles and stealing various items. Police believe Carpenter, 19, stole numerous electronic devices, weapons, jewelry and money with a cumulative value of more than $5,000. 

Auburn Police suspected Carpenter and searched his home. That’s where they found the stolen property, which they promptly recovered.

Carpenter is officially charged with 10 counts of unlawful breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, three counts of second degree property theft; one count of first degree property theft, one count of second degree burglary; and seven counts of third degree property theft.

Upon arrest, Carpenter was taken to Lee County Jail, where he is being held on a $60,000 bond. 

Police say that heading into the summer months, there will be an increase in pedestrian traffic and more activity in neighborhoods. They remind people to keep their vehicles secured and lock, and also not to leave valuables in view. 

Fore more safety advice or to request a home or business safety assessment, please contact the Community Services Division at 334-501-3110.

Report any suspicious activity at the following anonymous tip line: 334-246-1391.

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