County crime increases in summer
Thieves made off with more than $6,000 of property taken from a home in Conover.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two or more unknown suspects who allegedly broke into a home in the 400 block of Fairgrove Church Road, said Chief Deputy Coy Reid.
More than 20 items were stolen from the residence, including a laptop computer, a weed eater, a shotgun, office supplies and tools.
The suspects broke into the house through the home’s back window. The residence was last reported secure Aug. 6, and the damage and missing items were discovered missing shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Larcenies and break-ins like the Fairgrove Church Road incident are more common during summer months.
The summer crime increase is mostly in petty crimes and misdemeanors, such as larceny, vandalism and vehicle break-ins.
This increase is due, in part, to students out of school for the summer, Reid said.
“With kids out of school, those kinds of crimes are more likely to happen,” Reid said. “Kids don’t have anything to do, so they get into trouble.”