Pocono Green still waiting on cameras after break-ins

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Two months after a string of bizarre break-ins, some Chesterfield business owners are still scared. The owner of Pocono Green Shopping Center off Midlothian Turnpike has made several security improvements,  but tenants want what they say was promised to them.

During the day Juliette Sykes, owner of the Liberty Tax at the Pocono Green Shopping Center is confident. But when the sun sets, it's a different story.

"I think if there was a surveillance camera here, being that it's so secluded, I think that would really make us feel more comfortable," Sykes explained.

She says six cameras were promised after a trio of bizarre break-ins in December.

"On December 28th we were here working late, getting ready for tax season," Sykes said.

After accessing the vacant neighboring space, someone ripped their way into her store.

"This entire piece here was completely broken up and it was open," she said, when asked how big the hole in the wall was after the break-in.

John Madures covers the shopping center. He's not the owner. He leases spaces.

"But because I know most of the tenants, I work with them pretty closely, I try to be out here and help whenever I can," he said.

He knows tenants are concerned. He hopes repairs to lighting, and doors helps.

"It's much more difficult for someone to get in now," he said.

Madures says the property owner is evaluating bids for the electronic eyes. Sykes says that's fine, just don't keep her in the dark.

"If I get a timeframe that I know that they're working on it, then that would make me feel better," she said.

She invested in an alarm and a policy that requires employees to walk customers to their cars at night.

"We just want to make sure people are still comfortable coming and leaving," she said.

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