Man accused of several ‘smash and grab’ auto break-ins in Henderson Co.

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HENDERSON COUNTY, NC (WSPA) – The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office said a Hendersonville man was arrested over the weekend on multiple charges following an investigation into several motor vehicle break-ins around the county.

According to a sheriff’s office news release, Dennis O’Neal Pack, 27, was charged with 22 counts of breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, two felony counts of larceny and 22 misdemeanor counts of larceny.

Sheriff’s office officials said back in April, the windows of a locked vehicle that was parked in Jackson Park were shattered and two purses were taken.

According to the release, in the last month and a half, Pack is accused of targeting 21 other vehicles in parking lots at multiple locations around the county.

Officials said it appears that Pack targets public parks and exercise venues, where drivers often leave valuable items in their vehicles —  with the majority of cases including purses or other items being left in plain view.

The sheriff’s office said other cases revealed that items were secured in the vehicles and said Pack reportedly observed the drivers securing the items and then broke into the vehicles.

According to the release, the sheriff’s office is asking the public to take these steps to protect themselves from becoming a victim:

  • Never leave items such as purses, mobile devices, GPS’s, headphones, medications, money/loose change, gym bags or shopping bags in view. Visible items, regardless of their monetary value, can tempt would-be thieves to break into cars.
  • Take items with you, secure items in your trunk BEFORE leaving your initial location, or leave items safely at home.
  • Citizens should continue to lock their vehicle doors when parked in public areas as well as when parked in residential areas.

The sheriff’s office said they will continue to investigate “smash and grab” incidents, as well as thefts from unlocked vehicles and homes.

Anyone can report a breaking and entering in progress or other suspicious activity by calling 911.

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