UPDATED: June 26 at 9:30 a.m.
The following Dacula, Buford and other northern Gwinnett County criminal incidents were recently investigated by the Gwinnett County Police Department:
THREE CARS BROKEN INTO AT PARK: A Gwinnett County Police officer was in the process of taking one report regarding a car break-in at Gary Pirkle Park in Sugar Hill when he was approached by a second and then a third car break-in victim. All three incidents occurred on the afternoon of June 16. In each case, the victims -- all female -- had their purses stolen along with other items including cash, credit cards, a cell phone, Social Security card, iPod, digital camera, military identification card and a checkbook. In two of the incidents, the officer determined the door locks had likely been punched. In the third incident, the woman had left her truck unlocked.
WOMAN FINDS TWO STOLEN PURSES WHILE LOOKING FOR HER OWN: A Buford woman had no luck finding her own purse after a June 18 car break-in at Little Mulberry Park, but did find two purses which had been stolen in a car break-in earlier in the day at Dacula Park. The woman, who was parked on the Fence Road side of Little Mulberry Park, contacted police after returning to her vehicle at 12:30 p.m. and finding her front passenger window smashed and her purse gone. The woman, who had arrived at the park at 8:30 that morning, said she had left the purse -- which contained her license, Social Security card, $175 cash and credit cards -- under her front seat. The woman checked a nearby trash can hoping the thief or thieves might have dumped her purse there. She did not find her purse, but found the two stolen purses. Those purses were returned to their owners. UPDATE: Additional details are now available regarding the June 18 car break-ins at Dacula Park. Two vehicles -- a 2010 Chrysler Town and Country and a 2006 Ford Fusion -- were broken into after the vehicle drivers met at the park to go walking. The two women parked in the lot behind the library around 11 a.m. and walked for about an hour. When they returned, they discovered windows had been smashed on both vehicles and their Vera Bradley purses had been taken. Though the purses were recovered, several items were missing including cash, debit cards, a Social Security card, checkbook and cell phone.
MAN SAYS LICENSE PLATE FELL OFF TRUCK: A Buford man contacted police on June 10 to report a lost license plate. According to the man, he was driving his Freightliner commercial truck on I-85 and, at some point, the tag fell off. When the man contacted the state to get a new plate issued, he was told he needed to file a police report first. The man said he was not sure exactly when or where the plate fell off his vehicle.
WALLET STOLEN AFTER MAN LEAVES IT UNATTENDED: A Buford man said he stepped away from his shopping cart for a few minutes during a June 16 trip to the Hamilton Mill Walmart to look for a food item and when he returned, his wallet -- which he had left in the cart -- was gone. The man said the wallet contained his drivers license, $30 cash, a La Quinta motel key and a Walmart gift card. According to store management, no one turned in the wallet.
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