DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) – Four people are facing felony charges tonight in connection with a series of home break-ins in Dinwiddie County. Investigators believe the group stole electronics, jewelry, firearms and even an ATV from homes all over the county. A spokesperson for the Dinwiddie County Sheriff's Office tells us that the four suspects are still behind bars tonight.
The mother of one of those suspects hopes that her son's arrest serves as a lesson to other teens that choose to hang out with the wrong crowd.
"I didn't raise my son that way," said one of the suspect's mothers. "It's very hard because I've only showed my children that you work for everything."
The mother cried through most of our interview tonight. Her son, 18-year-old Wayne Jackson, is one of four suspects facing felony charges for the crimes.
"I saw him today and he regrets it, a lot!" she said. "But I can't change him you know? He wants to come home!"
She asked we not show her face on TV tonight. Her son's arrest is tearing her family apart.
"It breaks up the family unit that we're used to," she added.
Dinwiddie investigators tell us the break-ins started last week and believe the four are responsible for at least nine of them. They credit neighbors for helping them catch the suspects.
"There was a neighbor in the area of some of the break-ins who had a vehicle come in their yard and they saw it leave and they wrote the description down and gave it to us, and using that information we were able to find the vehicle," said Dinwiddie Sheriff's Department Captain Steve Kennedy.
He says Jackson was in that vehicle.
"Do you feel responsible at all?" asked NBC 12's Evrod Cassimy to the mother.
"No," she answered. "One thing I don't do is take responsibility for anyone else's actions."
Jackson's mother claims she raised her son in the best neighborhood she could. She hopes other teens consider the effects on their family before making wrong decisions. Police are using this story to show why it's important to contact them if you ever notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood.
Investigators tell us they found a number of the stolen items in the suspect's car. The four are now awaiting court hearings.