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Rash of Chapel Hill break-ins investigated

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Chapel Hill police have issued a crime alert less than a mile from the apartment complex where UNC student Faith Hedgepeth was found murdered.

Police said six break-ins have been reported at Sagebrook of Chapel Hill in the last two months. In one case, a resident walked in on the crime in progress.

"I was hysterical. I was crying. I was scared for days," said Jourdan, a break-in victim. "I'm still nervous and scared to come in here."

Jourdan said one evening last month, she and her boyfriend returned to their apartment in the Sagebrook complex, and noticed her dog outside.

"We were trying to think, if we accidentally left a door open," she said, "and I told my boyfriend I said 'Hey, you're going inside. I'm not going with you. I think something's up.'"

When Jourdan's boyfriend walked in, he saw four guys gathering their belongings. When they saw him, they ran out of the screen door.

"So they ran around the building and then my boyfriend eventually came back outside while I was outside on the phone," said Jourdan.

Jourdan said she saw at least one of the guys jump into a car and gave police the description. She later discovered that the suspects got in through a jimmied open window. That window and all the others are now reinforced with dowels.

"These thieves know all they have to do is get a screwdriver and open them up," said Jourdan.

What's worse, she said it happened to two of her nearby neighbors.

Chapel Hill police said they've seen at least six break-ins usually between 6 and 9 p.m.

In response to the break-ins, the complex manager sent out a letter Wednesday evening dated for Thursday. It acknowledges last weekend's break-ins, and offers a $1,000 reward. The letter said more police officers will be in the area.

Despite, the letter and police presence, Jourdan said they will need to do more than that to make her feel safe.

"I want more security. I want them to catch who this is," she said. "Until now, they're just saying 'Hey, we'll get some patrol cars.' I think we need to get more security cameras."

Jourdan said nothing was stolen from her apartment.

Calls to the apartment complex by ABC11 were not returned.

Anyone with information on the break-ins should contact the Chapel Hill Police Department.

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