JAMES ISLAND -- A series of residential break-ins on James Island over the holidays included the home of Bill Woolsey, mayor of the town of James Island.
The town is holding a meeting at 7 p.m. today to discuss the latest spree of burglaries.
Charleston County Sheriff's Office representatives will be present, as will town officials and representatives of private home security providers, Woolsey said.
A late summer spree of burglaries and home invasions prompted meetings and efforts to organize and expand neighborhood Crime Watch programs. In early August, the sheriff's office reported it had investigated at least 24 burglaries.
Woolsey said Wednesday he knew of several burglaries in late December but was unsure of totals for the area. He said he returned to his Harborwoods subdivision home after traveling for the holiday and found a door wide open and televisions and laptop computers missing. While walking his dog on New Year's Day, Woolsey said, he saw sheriff's deputies at a neighbor's home, investigating another burglary.
According to the sheriff's office, two houses on Regatta Road were broken into over New Year's Eve.
Laptop computers, a TV, a Wii gaming console and jewelry were stolen from one home about 9 p.m. Friday. Shortly after midnight on Saturday, an iPod was stolen from another house. In both cases, the burglars gained entry through the back door.
Two incident reports filed with the sheriff's office described results of break-ins discovered New Year's Eve in Lawton Bluff on James Island. A man reported he returned from traveling to find his back door kicked in, and a laptop, DVD player and other belongings were gone.
The victim told deputies he checked next door, where neighbors were away for the holidays, and discovered that home also had been broken into. Televisions worth $700 were reportedly taken. Deputies contacted the family in Florida, the report said.