Police Warn Carowinds Patrons to Keep an Eye on Personal Belongings

By GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte, May 30, 2013

Carowinds is a fun place to spend an afternoon. Sharissa Vickery and her family were enjoying themselves Wednesday, until a thief ruined the experience.

“We were just completely mortified at the situation because you don’t think it would happen there,” said the 18 year old.

Police say that every year petty theft occurs at the park. It might not seem like a big deal unless it happens to you.

Sharissa told NBC Charlotte that they sat their backpacks down in a semi secured area to get on a roller coaster, and when they came back, everything was gone.

“You have no way to call. Your keys are gone. You have no way to get in your car. We were freaking out thinking our car is going to get taken. We have no money to get home on. We have nothing”.

Police say you should never let belongings out of sight. Carowinds echoes those sentiments.

“We are working with local law enforcement in the matter. We encourage guests to secure their valuables at all times,” said Julie Whitted, Public Relations Manager. “Lockers are at the park to use for personal belongings.”

Those lockers go for $10 a day.

Patron Justin Meadows has a season pass and says he doesn’t need a locker.

“It’s always in my pocket and it’s always zipped up,” said Meadows.

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