County Sheriff Doug Doughtie will meet with members of the Hatteras
Island community on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Cape Hatteras
Anglers Club in Buxton to discuss security after a series of vehicle
break-ins over the weekend.
Chief Deputy Steve Hoggard said today that the Sheriff’s Office had
received about 33 reports of break-in so far, most on Sunday night and
most in the Brigand’s Bay subdivision in Frisco and the Buxton Back
Most of the vehicles were unlocked. Various items were taken, including
cash, change, and electronics, such as cameras, an iPad, and phones.
In one incident on Captain’s Court in Brigand’s Bay, the thieves
entered a garage underneath the house to take items from the vehicles
In some cases, nothing was apparently stolen, but it was apparent that
someone had been riffling through items in glove boxes and consoles.
Hoggard said no one who made a report saw or heard anything unusual
Sunday night, but discovered the break-ins the following
However, strong storms passed through the area with a cold front about
8 p.m. and the rest of the night was very windy – and noisy.
Dare County Criminal Investigator Doug Oberbeck is in charge of
investigating the break-ins, and Hoggard said the office has two
investigators working “just as hard as they can” on the incidents.
Meanwhile, Hoggard says that the break-ins were crimes of opportunity
and that the Sheriff’s Office recommends locking vehicles.
Generally, he said, thieves avoid the noise of breaking into locked
cars, but that an unlocked car is easy to go through very quickly and
A reward will be offered for information that leads to arrests in these
cases. Anyone who has information should contact Oberbeck at
Sheriff’s Office at 252-475-9355 or the Dare Community Crime Line at
800-745-2746. Also call 911 to report suspicious persons or vehicles in
Travis Cullifer, president of the Brigand’s Bay Homeowners’
Association, arranged the meeting with Sheriff Doughtie, but all in the
community are invited to attend.
vehicle break-ins come on the heels of a rash of breaking and
entering into unoccupied rental houses earlier this winter, mostly in
the Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo area.
The item of choice for these thieves was flat-screen televisions.
Most of the incidents were in January, and Hoggard says they now total
There have been no arrests in these break-ins, but Hoggard says the
Sheriff’s Office is looking at “persons of interest” who may have been
involved in similar thefts in resort communities elsewhere in Eastern
The Sheriff’s Office is working with many other agencies, including the
Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State Bureau of
Investigation. Hoggard also said patrols were increased in
area of the tri-villages.
Anyone with information on these break-ins is also encouraged to call
the Dare Community Crime Line at 800-745-2746.