At least eight vehicles parked on the same residential street in Hoschton were targeted by thieves, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Residents along Reece Drive in the Whitaker Downs subdivision said someone entered their vehicles between the evening hours on Sunday, March 21, and the early morning hours of Monday, March 22.
Two of the residents reported that their vehicles were unlocked during the incident, while reports from the other residents don’t state if their vehicles were locked or not.
Overall, the stolen items included more than $200 in cash and coins, two GPS devices, a new laptop, an iPod Touch, CDs, cell phone, debit card, a wallet with credit cards, garage door opener and even a $2 pack of gum.
Later, a Hoschton man on Huntington Trail said he found a purse in the roadway during the evening. The man looked inside the purse and found information belonging to a woman living on Reece Drive. He took the purse to the woman’s residence and left it hanging from her mailbox.
The following morning, the man said he found another purse laying in the road that also belonged to a woman living at the same Reece Drive address.
A deputy took the purse to the residence, where a woman didn’t know that it was missing from an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway. The woman said $70 was missing from the purse, but no other items were stolen from the vehicle.
On nearby Ga. Hwy. 332 on those dates, a deputy also spotted a purse in the roadway and contacted the owner, who lived on McEver Lane in Hoschton.
The purse’s owner didn’t know that her purse was missing. Her husband then checked a vehicle in the driveway, where it was discovered that a GPS device was missing. The woman had also left her purse in the vehicle.