String of robberies at Chesterfield apartment complex

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Police are investigating three robberies just days apart at one apartment complex. Management there has taken steps to warn residents before it happens again.

The crimes happened in the same section of the Lantern Ridge apartment complex off Belmont where there's a large Hispanic community. That group seems to be the one being targeted.

Residents came home to the bright orange flyers Thursday describing what's taken place in and around this building on Handel court. Over the last seven days, five people have become robbery victims.

Overnight Thursday, a man standing outside his apartment had his wallet stolen by two gunmen. They forced him inside his home and robbed another man and woman.

Four days earlier and in broad daylight, a resident's guest met a similar fate while walking along this foot path from a nearby convenience store.

An area property management strongly urges to avoid. The thieves took $150. Last Friday, a man talking on his cell phone in a breezeway was robbed of $30.

"They probably think they wouldn't call police on them fear of immigration or something," said Kim Joyce who doesn't live far from the crime scenes.

Joyce says she's not a stranger to crime there that her car's been broken into. Still she feels relatively safe during the day but doesn't take any chances after sun down.

"I try to make sure everything is out and ready and go to the car fast and have the keys out so I can unlock the car fast," said Joyce.

Her neighbors don't let their guard down either.

"I'm going to have that worry regardless if I live here or in a house so honestly if it's going to happen it's going to happen," said Megan Irvine.

Police are investigating all three cases and according to this flyer at least one arrest has been made in Sunday's robbery. If you can help detectives, call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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