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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

A suspected serial thief is back in Thomasville facing more than 50 charges from 2010.

31-year old Dwayne Vanvalkenburg is accused of breaking into 48 cars and five garages in one Thomasville subdivision in one night.

A Place in The Woods may look like a peaceful neighborhood Monday, but on the night on March 20th, 2010, it was a hotbed of criminal activity.

"Citizens who may see suspicious activity or may see someone committing a crime, or if you may know something about a crime go ahead and call the police department. Let us get on top of it," said Lt. Eric Hampton.

For the last three years, 31-year old Dwayne Vanvalkenburg was serving time in a New Hampshire prison for stealing a car.

But now he is back in Thomasville, to answer to 53 charges of entering auto and burglary.

Investigators say every car broken into, during that night back in 2010, was unlocked.

"He is a prime example for a criminal who actually looks for opportunities to commit a crime without making a lot of noise or without doing a lot of damage so that's why we encourage our citizens to make sure they secure all their doors and their windows on their residences and their vehicles," said Hampton.

Investigators say Vanvalkenburg took credit cards, cash, Ipods, and other electronics.

They say Vanvalkenburg used some of the cards in Thomasville and Tallahassee the day after the break-ins.

"Our investigators were about to track him down by way of some of the things he was using that belonged to some of the victims where he took items out of the vehicles," said Hampton.

Investigators say they are still looking into the possibility of Vanvalkenburg being connected to other crimes in and around Thomasville.

Vanvalkenburg was denied bond and remains in the Thomas County Jail.

 

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