Police probe brick break-ins

By Andy Jenks - bio | email

Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A crime alert out of Chesterfield, where burglars are breaking into houses, by hurling bricks through kitchen windows. This happened at least three times over the holiday weekend, including homes on Dupuy Road, Walker Avenue, and Southlawn Avenue.

Neighbors in the Ettrick area say there have been plenty of other break-ins over the past few months. But tonight, it's possible that police have put an end to it.

Just 24 hours ago, the window on Dominique Fleming's door looked a lot worse than now.

"And immediately we knew something was wrong. Because you could see this door window, laying on our clothes," said Dominique.

While she and her boyfriend were gone, burglars broke in. They climbed through the opening in the door, and turned the house upside down.

What's worse - two other burglaries in the Ettrick area had a similar MO. Friday evening someone on Walker Avenue chucked a rock through a kitchen window, stealing money and a gun. Then, on Dupuy Road a similar style entry, leaving victims and neighbors concerned.

"Being right next door to a burglary, it's very alarming. I don't feel comfortable having to keep my kids in the house all the time," said Carl Williams.

Police would go on to catch a break, at Dominique's house after a neighbor witnessed the burglars, running away. Officers arrested four teenagers just a few minutes later.

"Now we just gonna make sure we lock everything up and double check before we leave the house," said Anthony Smith.

"Now it's more of we don't wanna leave each other."Dominique said. "I never expect such nice neighborhoods to have things happen."

It's not yet clear if all of these break-ins are directly related, despite the similar MO. So police are asking you to call Crime Solvers at 748-0660 if you have information that can help solve other burglaries in the Ettrick area.

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