House burglarized while woman distracted

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield police were busy investigating a robbery at a home in the 2500 block of Jimmy Winters Road Monday. Now the way it all worked is a woman knocked on the door and kept the homeowner busy- while another man snuck inside and stole everything he could.

Do you know who's at your door?  It's a question that's going to ring through Margaret Hutcheson's mind every time she gets a visitor.

"It's the fact that they've invaded my privacy," said Margaret.

A woman with a clipboard came to her door, insisting on collecting water for a study. Margaret, willing to help, escorted her to the backyard. Her front door was left unlocked.

"She wasn't making sense. It wasn't quite jiving what was going on," Margaret said.

When Margaret walked back, she saw a guy exit her home. He and the girl quickly took off in a small red truck. Margaret had been robbed. Her wedding and engagement rings, diamond earrings, 4 strands of pearls and a charm bracelet were stolen.

"Never had to worry about it, now it looks like we do," said local resident David Fayman.

David, who lives down the street, is no stranger to crime.

"In the last couple weeks my wife's rear windshield got blown out of her vehicle. They dumped a bunch of trash in the back of my truck," said David. "What happened to Ms. Hutcheson is bringing it to a new level."

A day before she was robbed, 30 neighbors meet to form a neighborhood watch. But even that may not be enough for David. He's now considering an alarm system.

"Well right now, everybody's going to be on the lookout," he said.

Especially since no one knows if Margaret's unexpected visitors were random or a sign of crimes to come.

Margaret Hutcheson says she's not going to let this crime get the best of her. Now she's also a part of her neighborhood watch.

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