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Rash of car break-ins

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - A rash of break-ins in Chesterfield, is growing.

Melissa Dixon's and Scotty Anderson's subdivision of Deer Run in Chesterfield is one of four areas in the county - police are investigating; Ivey Acres, Chester and Clover Hill Farms have all been hit in the last two weeks.

"It's scary, because you know we have cars out here we don't want them broken into," said Dixon.

"Somebody rummaging through your stuff. It's a scary thing," said Anderson.

The couple says they're just glad they now know about the investigation - leaving your car unlocked is never a good idea.

"We lock everything up all the time it's just a habit for us, we'd like to trust everybody but we're not that naive," said Anderson.

"It's locked up even during the day," said Dixon.

"Police say the crooks are going around at night looking for cars that are left unlocked. They're getting in and looking for any valuables they can take.

Early today, Crime Prevention Officer, Scott Gordon, showed us the most common mistake people make.

"Laptops in plain view, and as you see the GPS still mounted on the windshield or on the dash, if you can take those off and hide them when you're out of the vehicle," said Gordon.

Police are relying on witnesses to catch the crooks in the act.

"There is no such thing as 'not in my neighborhood' it can happen anywhere," said Gordon.

Police are now pleading with the public.

"Please, please, please, just lock your vehicles and don't leave any valuables sitting out in the open for a thief to grab from you," said Gordon.

People are urged to keep a look out...if you have any information that could help police call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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