Thieves steal cars from Short Pump neighborhood

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – There is new information about a rash of home burglaries in Henrico's Short Pump area.

Wednesday, we told you about home burglaries in Shady Ridge and Wyndham. Now, we're learning how the brazen thieves made their getaway.

On Meadow Ridge Terrace, they stole this Honda Civic; a little more banged up now than it was just a few days ago. Next door, they also stole a pickup truck because the keys were left in the ignition.

It happened before dawn on Tuesday; the same day and the same place where burglars kicked in doors and stole from houses and unlocked cars.

John Haas lost about $1,000 worth of stuff.

"So it wasn't just minor theft. You talk about stealing cars and coming up in people's houses, it's kinda rough," Haas said on Wednesday.

Thursday, two Henrico police officers, riding bicycles, went door to door, making sure there would be no easy targets in the future.

Lt. Eric Owens is with Henrico Police.

"You have the bad guy riding through, see an open door, open garage door, various yard tools maybe inside, there's an opportunity, and once opportunity meets desire, of course you have that crime," Owens said.

Within a day, both stolen vehicles were located several miles away, according to police. The pick-up truck on Hampstead Avenue. The car, on South Laburnum. The two cases this week equal the same number of cars reported stolen in the Wyndham area for all of last year.

"Kinda scary that they would come in," Haas said.

Now, neighbors are changing the locks, improving their lighting, and learning from a very valuable experience.

"It affects any neighborhood, from the $60,000 to the $6,000,000 home. Bad guys are mobile. They're not just isolated in a particular neighborhood," Owens said.

Police will continue to patrol this area during random times. In the meantime, they say the best defense is to make sure your house and your cars are locked when you go to sleep.

So far, no arrests have been made in connection with the crimes. Police have not named any suspects.

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