WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Winston-Salem police are investigating a string of vehicle break-ins in two separate neighborhoods.
Police tell WFMY News 2 that suspects targeted 20 vehicles in the Meredith & Oak Meadows sub-divisions off Oak Grove Church Road near Union Cross Road.
"It's sad really people had Christmas presents stolen," said Brad Kiel a Meredith sub-division resident.
Seven of the break-ins were reported in subdivision and 13 more were in an adjacent sub-division. Police believe the crimes happened early in the morning on Saturday, December 1.
According to detectives, most of the cars where unlocked and thieves took iPads, cash, shoes, coats and CDs.
"I guess it's kind of a catch-22 when you got people who say if I leave my car doors locked, somebody will break a window to get into it if they want it. Others say, I leave it unlocked, to make it easier for them to go in because they won't damage my car to do it," said Lt. Craven.
A local neighbor happened to have a security camera on his property which caught the crime. In the surveillance video, you see the alleged suspects searching vehicles but it's hard to identify who they are.
In the video, the robbers noticed the camera and cut the surveillance cord. The neighbor said the group of suspects then broke his back truck window and took his iPad.
Craven and investigators have looked at the surveillance video but can't identify anyone in it.
They are encouraging anyone with information to call Winston-Salem Crimestoppers at (336) 727-2800 or text 274637.