Thieves hit unlocked cars in Henrico

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Nearly a dozen vehicles were broken into this week in the Tuckahoe and Three Chopt neighborhoods.

Student, Jamie Yuan, says she never leaves her car unlocked.

"I always lock everything and double check," she said.

But when we explained that the cars in her Strangford Court neighborhood were broken into she was more surprised that people could even think to leave their cars unlocked.

"I'm a little surprised because I would have figured people would be locking their doors in this day and age," she said.

Just up the neighborhood on Capilano Place, we met three families who fell victim to these vandals. Henrico police say overnight Sunday, at least seven cars were reportedly broken into.

Some lost I-pod chargers among other electronics and loose change, which sounds typical, but for one family, the thieves left the cash behind and took off with candy bars.

Police can't say if the crimes are connected but they do say these are crimes of opportunity. All but one of the vehicles were left unlocked overnight. People who live here say they don't expect crime in these neighborhoods.

"I'm going to be honest, we sometimes do leave the car open in the driveway," said Jimesh Thaker.

Thaker did hear about some break-ins last year, but didn't think it could happen to his neighbors.

"I was cautious for a while and I kind of forgot about it, but I think I will definitely now, keep an eye out and lock the doors," he said.

So far no arrests have been made. If you have any information about these crimes call Crimestoppers at 780-1000.

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