Crooks Looking for Unlocked Cars

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - People who live in the Clover Hills Farms subdivision in Chesterfield should be aware there's been multiple car break-ins overnight.

We're told at least half a dozen vehicles on Deerpark Drive and Singer Road were broken into, and a lot of items have been stolen - GPS devices, wallets, an mp3 player, and hard cash - just some of the items stolen out of the cars.

First thing Wednesday morning, Cindy Blanton, got an unexpected call from a neighbor.

"I got a call that some vehicles have been broken into in the neighborhood so I came out here and opened the door. The console was open and napkins laid out and my Garmin was missing out of the console, my keys were laying out there," said Blanton.

The keys were in plain sight, but the crooks didn't steal the car. They just made off with her $170 GPS device.

Call them petty thieves - the crooks also broke in Linda Gonzalez's red Honda, then moved on to Emily Blanton's green Civic in the same drive way.

"GPS was gone, money was gone, and my wallet was gone," said Gonzalez.

Neighbors say they rarely leave their cars unlocked, but overnight they say an mp3 player vanished out of their car.

Neighbors were told police found some of their belongings laying out on the street. Personal possessions were mixed up and they were all touched, by a complete stranger.

"I definitely feel violated; it concerns me that there are people loose in our neighborhood where I understand 5 to 7 houses have been violated," said Cindy Blanton.

"It hurts, honestly, it's pretty upsetting but I'll just lock my car now, leave nothing in there," said Gonzalez.

That was the biggest mistake these victims made. They left their cars unlocked with their valuables inside.

Chesterfield police say they are investigating several reports taken in this case. But if you have information, call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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