Three break-ins in five days at a Richmond apartment complex

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Robbers have hit one Richmond apartment building three times in just five days and now residents are so fed up, they're moving out.

It happening at Morningside Apartments near the 1400 block of Newell Road just off Jahnke Road. Since Thursday, crooks have been kicking down the doors to steal what's inside the residents' apartments.

For the third time now, 20-year-old Danielle Reed has come home to find robbers have broken in to her neighbors' apartments. Monday afternoon however, the robbers hit her home.

"My 46 inch flat screen is gone off the stand," said Reed. "An $800 Sony laptop 2009 series is gone, another laptop gone. All the jewelry is gone and the door is kicked in!"

Police were still there when we arrived and a maintenance worker was repairing the broken doors. From the outside this apartment complex looks like any other in Richmond, but damage from a break in just a few days ago was still clearly evident. The hinges on a door were completely broken off but more damage could be found inside the apartment building. The robbers kicked in a door and the one across the hall. Now these residents are trying to figure out what they're going to do next.

"Move," said another robbery victim. "I'll probably stay with my mom for a while I don't know yet, but I'm not going to stay around here anymore."

Sue Hartley, a leasing office worker, is aware of the incidents but she explains they've happened in just one of the many buildings on the property.

"Crime knows no address so we can't guarantee anything but it tends to be a quiet community," said Hartley.

The apartment complex is working with police to catch the person responsible.

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