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Nearly two dozen vehicles broken into in Chesterfield community

By: Laura Geller - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Police are investigating a series of car break-ins in Chesterfield County.

Thieves stole items like laptops, car stereos and GPS units from almost two dozen vehicles in the Jessup Place neighborhood off Jessup and Turner Roads.

Police are stepping up patrols.

Cruisers will be checking out the surrounding neighborhoods as well, because whoever pulled off these heists is still out there.

It is quiet suburbia.

A place like many in Chesterfield County where residents don't think twice when parking their cars in their own driveways.

The feeling of safety was shaken Sunday morning as Edwayne Jackson and more than a dozen others awoke to a shocking discovery.

"A neighbor knocked on the door and said, "get up. Everyone's car has been vandalized," he said.

Jackson's cars were parked in the driveway.

He locked all the doors and trunks the night before, but that didn't stop the thieves.

"Everything was just tore to pieces," he said. "Everything was trashed. They took the papers out of the glove compartment, threw it all over the floor."

Here's the strange thing, Tyrone Barnes and his son Detrick Houchins saw when they checked on the cars they also had locked.

While the vehicles were broken into, nothing was actually broken.

"The doors were open," said Barnes. "No glass broken but they had ransacked the whole truck. And the alarm systems were on but they just got in there."

Other residents we spoke to tell similar stories.

Many of the vehicles even had alarms that never sounded.

"This had to be somebody that actually knew what they were doing," said Barnes. "This was really a good job, they knew what they were doing."

Police estimate thieves struck between 1:00 and 5:00 a.m.

Only three cars had broken windows and a couple more had unlocked doors.

Residents say they've never experienced anything like this.

The robberies so close to home, making them feel violated.

"You can't leave your car in your own driveway. I mean, what can you do?" said Jackson.

Police say if the criminals are able to move around without being detected, they'll stick around longer.

Chesterfield police say porch lights and censors on security lights could help deter this kind of widespread incident.

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