- Cullman, Alabama

April 3, 2013

Series of car break-ins could be related

By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times

— Authorities believe a series of car break-ins around northwest Cullman that occured last weekend could be related.

The burglaries occured at the 100 block of Austin Avenue NW, on St. Joesph Street NW, and at the 1000 block of Dripping Springs Road NW.  Cullman Police investigator Gene Bates said that these could be simple instances of finding a car door unlocked and taking advantage of the opportunity to steal.

“During the summer and warmer months the break-ins tend to increase,” Bates said. “Make sure you keep your doors locked; most of the car burglaries that we have are just crimes of opportunity when they just have to open the door, usually windows aren’t broken and there’s little to no damage to the car.”

There are no suspects at this time in the three break-ins, but the investigation is ongoing.

“If residents can keep an eye out, especially at night, it would be very helpful,” Bates said. “If anyone is out walking or looks suspicious please call the police department.”

Bates also encourages drivers to not leave valuables in their cars if possible.

The charge for this offense is unlawful breaking and entering of a motor vehicle.

The Cullman City Police Department can be reached at 256-775-7160.

Lauren Estes can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 270 or at