Increase in home break-ins in Hopewell

HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - A crime alert out of Hopewell where police are seeing an increase in home break-ins. On Sunday, Carol Scarbrough moved into her Hopewell home on Portsmouth Street.

"I got boxes all in this room that still need to be unpacked," said Scarbrough.

On Monday, someone cut the screen on her backdoor and forced their way inside the home.

"They used a crowbar or hammer to come in and they proceeded to kick the door and mess up the frame," she added.

The crook or crooks took Scarbrough's computer and TV.

"I was upset. I was real upset," said Scarbrough.

Police are seeing an increase in home break-ins in Hopewell -- six within the last 5 days. The majority are happening in the western part of the city.

Home burglaries are up 6% in Hopewell when compared to the same time period last year. In an effort to help put a stop to the crimes police are asking folks to be on alert and not leave personal items in plain sight.

Police say in some of the home burglaries guns were stolen, cash, coins, and jewelry.

"They're happening in the daytime hours when people are at work or away from their home," said Sgt. Paul Intravia, with the Hopewell Police Department.

Police have pepped up patrols in areas hit. Investigators say residents must do their part to help protect their community.

"We want or citizens to be vigilant - we want them to safeguard their property - that they look out for each other neighborhood wise," said Intravia.

As for Scarbrough, she wants the people responsible for damaging her home and taking her stuff, arrested.

"It's infuriating. Since 1993 until a year a go I've worked 2 jobs to get what I have and for them to just walk in and take things it's very frustrating," said Scarbrough.

If you have any information on these crimes you're asked to contact Hopewell police or Crime Solvers at 541-2202.

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