Crimestoppers: Auto Breaking Suspects Caught on Home Surveillance Camera

By January 15, 2020News

Columbia Police Department (CPD) Property Crimes investigators are releasing surveillance video of at least four suspects accused of breaking into vehicles in South Columbia in an effort to identify and locate them.

The incident occurred shortly before 4:00 a.m. at a home on Crown Point Road on January 10, 2020.

The suspects in the video are seen opening unlocked doors on two vehicles in a carport and rummaging through the interior.  A victim reported that valuables were stolen to include cash.

Below, is another look at two of the suspects (a female and male).

In another auto breaking case, CPD officers were dispatched to a home at the 300 block of Old Woodlands Road on January 9, 2020 at approximately 10:30 p.m.

The vehicle owner reports that someone broke into his unsecured vehicle and stole firearm accessories.

Here’s a closer look at two of the suspects (a female and male).

To reiterate, there were no signs of forced entry on either vehicle

Auto-Breaking Prevention tips:

  • Don’t leave your vehicle unattended with keys in the ignition/No idling
  • Do not hide extra set of keys inside
  • Always lock your vehicle’s doors
  • Close windows/sunroof
  • Do not leave valuables in plain view including firearms
  • Consider anti-theft security devices /alarms

Always report auto breaking or vehicle theft to your local law enforcement agency in a timely manner.

Police Chief W.H. ‘Skip’ Holbrook encourages citizens with information about the incident or who recognize the suspects to contact CRIMESTOPPERS in any of the following ways:

CALL toll-free, 888-CRIME-SC.

LOG onto:, and click on the red “Submit a tip” tab.

DOWNLOAD the new P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.