Lake Norman fishermen report repeated car break-ins while on the water

LAKE NORMAN, NC (WBTV) - At Lake Norman, a group of fishermen are fighting to keep their trucks, and what's inside them, safe.

Dozens say they have had windows smashed while out on the water, and they claim it has been happening just about every weekend, for months.

Across the parking lot at Queen's Landing alone, there are piles of glass from where this has reportedly happened time and time again.

"It was just a pain all the way around," Chris Casey says.

Casey says he was out fishing last month for just two hours, when he came back on shore to busted windows and stolen belongings.

"I lost about a thousand dollars of property from inside the truck," he says.

He took to a local fishing Facebook group to post the photos.

"I wanted everyone to know it's happening," he says.

What he found was dozens of other anglers saying this happened to them, at various spots along the lake.

"There's been a lot more occurrences and it's getting to the point where we're all getting frustrated with it," Matt McBee says.

McBee started the Facebook group but never expected it would be used to talk crime. He says these reports of smashed windows go back at least to the summer, when his car was the one hit.

"Something could escalate a lot more than a broken window and some property stolen," McBee says.

The men say they feel like easy targets, positioned along a busy highway, with lots of gear left behind while they take to the lake.

"There's a lot of stuff you've got to sort through and see if it's still there or not," Casey says.

The Iredell County Sheriff's office says they are aware of these break-ins and have increased their patrols of the area since they heard about this happening.

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