Police arrest one for vehicle break-ins

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Greenville police are holding a man they believe is responsible for breaking into several motor vehicles over the last few weeks.

James Ivory Bozeman, 39, of Greenville has been charged with one count of unlawful breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and more charges could be pending. Bozeman is being held in the Butler County Jail.

Police said Bozeman is also suspected in at least two or three other breaking and entering cases currently under investigation.

&#8220He (Bozeman) mainly just goes around, pulls on the handles of a car door and if it's unlocked he opens it and gets out what he wants,” said Sgt. Justin Lovvorn. &#8220So it's a good idea for people to lock their car doors when it's left unattended.”

Police received a call at 2:30 a.m. on April 23 about an automobile break in near S. College St. Patrol officers found Bozeman in the area and the witness later identified him as the man breaking into the vehicle, according to Lovvorn.

Lovvorn said Bozeman confessed to committing the crime.

Lovvorn said Bozeman has no listed place of residence so it is hard for law enforcement to track him. However, police did receive a tip on where the suspect was staying and after obtaining consent to search, officers recovered several stolen items, including landscaping equipment and in-dash CD players.

Car break-ins are particularly hard cases for police to pursue because of the nature of the crime, said Lovvorn. The crimes are usually committed at night, in isolated areas, and the thief's targeted items - CD players and stereo speakers - are virtually untraceable without serial numbers.

&#8220And many people just don't take the time to fill out serial numbers on things they put in their car,” said Lovvorn. &#8220That's something people should do if they want a chance at getting their property back.”

It's also very difficult for investigators to lift a perfect set of fingerprints from the scene of the crime, said Lovvorn.

&#8220Even if they don't wear gloves, they usually have to place and press their entire hand across a window before we get something useable,” he said. &#8220And it can't be smeared.”