CORNELIUS – Thirteen cars were broken into around 12:30 a.m. Sept. 6 in the Victoria Bay neighborhood, according to Lt. Jennifer Thompson of the Cornelius Police Department. 

Residents discovered and reported the break-ins around 6:15 a.m. 

Thompson said notable items stolen included credit cards, iPods and guns. The thieves had already used some of the stolen credit cards in Charlotte around 5 a.m., she said.  

No one from the neighborhood reported seeing anyone suspicious, Thompson said. Detectives are following the credit card trail to see if there's surveillance video that can be tracked down showing the thieves. 

Not as many people tend to use their garages for car storage as they used to, Thompson said. 

"If you park your cars outside on the street, please remove all your valuables," she advised. "When cars are broken into in the middle of the night, by the time the victims wake up, the credit card could have been used multiple times over."