RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Richmond residents be on the lookout! Someone is breaking into sheds again and making off with valuables. The crooks are stealing lawn care equipment from homes in Richmond's Ginter Park, Rosedale and Bellevue neighborhoods. The news of an increase in burglaries came as a surprise to most of the people that live in the Ginter Park neighborhood. The homeowners however already have a plan in place to keep their homes and their families safe.
"It's supposed to be a pretty descent area and we don't have a lot of crime in here," said one neighbor.
According to police, there have been a total of 13 shed break-ins in the area since the beginning of October. In Ginter Park there were three reported, Bellevue had seven and Rosedale had one.
Jim Karmilowicz hopes his own home security will keep him from falling victim while the burglars are still on the loose.
"If you look we have our...we're careful, we lock the doors," said Karmilowicz. "We have our shrubs cut down so that people can't just sneak in."
But police encourage you to go a step further. They're encouraging residents in this area to call them and report any suspicious people or activity they notice. An e-mail sent out to the neighborhood association from Lieutenant Corrigan says quote "We might not catch him or her in the act but we can identify those lurking about."
Most of the sheds that were broken into were locked. This news is spreading throughout the community as neighbors work together to catch the people responsible.
Police also say that it is very difficult to determine what time of day these break-ins are usually happening but they are asking residents to keep a lookout at all times.