M’boro police urge people to lock their cars

Published 9:36 am Monday, August 14, 2017

MURFREESBORO – Police Chief Chris Sumner reported to Murfreesboro’s Town Council during their regular meeting on August 9 to brief them on what the town’s law enforcement has been taking care of lately.

He was happy to report that they had a successful Watermelon Festival last week. The handful of arrests they made were simply people who had outstanding warrants against them, he said.

Council Member Hal Thomas said that he’d heard several good reports about the police presence at the Festival this year, and commended their hard work.

Chief Sumner’s other report concerned a recent rash of car break-ins in the Jay Trail and Meherrin Lane area of town. He explained that the only stolen items were money and spare change. With the use of some video surveillance, the department has a few suspects and is still investigating the cases.

Sumner urged residents to make sure they’ve locked their cars.

“It’s an opportunity crime,” he said, “so don’t give them the opportunity.”

The police chief added that while dealing with the recent break-ins, they discovered a discrepancy in addresses along Meherrin Lane. Some residences were listed as Meherrin Avenue instead, causing some confusion when people called 911. Sumner asked the Council if they could fix the problem. In the meantime, he said he was working with the Hertford County E-911 director for a temporary solution.

Council Member Sarah Wallace motioned to change the addresses uniformly to Meherrin Lane and to notify the affected residents of the change. The council passed the motion unanimously.