Multiple cars broken into over weekend in Argyle

Clay County Sheriff's Office investigates auto burglaries

Surveillance images provided by Clay County Sheriff's Office
Surveillance images provided by Clay County Sheriff's Office

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – There were 20 reports of vehicles broken into over the weekend in the Chestwick Oaks area of Argyle and Oakleaf area, the Clay County Sheriff's Office said. 

Investigators announced Wednesday that they believe four men burglarized the cars while a fifth person drove a stolen car that was used as the getaway vehicle.

A silver Volvo station wagon stolen from Jacksonville and a white Dodge Charger stolen from Clay County were used, the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies said that the auto burglaries are crimes of opportunity because the doors of the vehicles were left unlocked.

News4Jax spoke Monday with Summer McDonald, who said someone stole from her SUV overnight.

"Not what I expected at 6:20 this morning," McDonald said. 

It was a rude awakening for McDonald when she discovered that her wallet inside her vehicle was missing. 

"My wallet, which included three credit cards, debit car and three Social Security cards for me and both of my kids," McDonald said.

McDonald said she then found out the thieves used her debit card at an ATM and took $220 out of her bank account about 5 a.m. Monday.

"Very frustrating. I had to take a day off work. I have to go to the DMV. I have to contact Social Security, call all the banks," McDonald said. 

She wasn't the only one. Deputies said several other vehicles were hit over the weekend on Hollybrook Lane, Hopewell Drive and Fallen Timbers Drive.

McDonald said she's learned a valuable lesson from the incident.

"Always make sure your husband locks your car when he is done with it. And don't leave you wallet in the car," McDonald said.

The Sheriff's Office reminded people about its ongoing "Like it, lock it" campaign, which urges people to lock their vehicles.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 904-264-6512 and ask to speak to the General Investigations Unit. 

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