HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) – It's not your typical home break-in. Crooks hit a Hopewell house, but didn't grab jewelry or electronics -- they swiped thousands of dollars worth of firearms!
It happened Tuesday, on the 1700 block of City Point Road, sometime, while the homeowner was at work. The burglars stole a number of assault rifles, handguns and ammunition from an unlocked gun safe.
The streets were empty in one Hopewell neighborhood today as they likely were when a major burglary happened at a nearby home. Nearly $28,000 worth of firearms were stolen from inside.
"When I entered the back door I could tell my door was busted out where they had kicked it in," said the homeowner.
The victim asked that we not show his face on camera. He's taking partial responsibility though for what happened.
"At the end of the day it was really my fault. I had them in a safe," he said. "I shut it but did not turn that knob."
Two houses down the Stephenson family is fed up with crime in their neighborhood. They're taking matters into their own hands.
"Me and my wife, we just purchased some land a house down in Price George," said neighbor, Charles Stephenson III. "We're trying to get out the city."
"I feel kind of scared because I don't want him coming to our house and try to steal from our house because that could be very bad," said Stephenson's daughter, Lauren.
The 8-year-old can't wait to move out of her Hopewell neighborhood. Crime here has limited where she can play.
"I just don't go in the front yard," said Lauren. "I stay with my dad and my mom. I stay in the house, stay in the back, do not go in the front because bad people could be out there."
And while those bad people are out there, the victim of this recent home burglary had this advice for other gun owners in the area.
"You really need to get a safe and you really, really need to lock it," said the burglary victim.
In the meantime Lauren is staying close to her parents.
"I feel safer cause I'm with my daddy and my mom. Cause I love them so much they'll take very good care of me," she said.
Hopewell Police are asking you to contact them if you have any information about this crime. You can call Crime Solvers at 541-2202.