Hopewell: Nearly a dozen car break-ins in two days

HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - Nearly a dozen car break-ins in two days! Now, Hopewell police need your help finding the crooks.

The crimes are happening in the southwest part of the city. Police say once the thieves are inside the vehicles they grab whatever they can get their hands on and take off.

Several of the vehicles hit are in Jennifer Burdine's neighborhood.

"I think it's sad people need to steal from other people," she said.

Police say the crooks have gotten away with cash, medication, GPS units and other electronics -- left in plain sight.

The thieves are targeting unlocked cars.

In the past two days a total of nine unlocked vehicles in the Roselawn neighborhood, near Piper Square, and the Battleground neighborhood, near Dupont Elementary School, have been hit.

"It's a lot for Hopewell. It's a crime of opportunity and you help them when you leave your car open and your valuables in sight," said Hopewell Police Chief John Keohane.

Keohane says residents need to do their part to protect their property.

"It's the holiday and crimes can spike with larcenies and burglaries so we need to be vigilant," he added.

It's what Burdine plans on doing in hopes of keeping her stuff safe.

"I have a remote lock and I'll lock my car every time I get out of it," said Burdine.

Hopewell Police tell NBC12 they have reason to suspect all of the crimes are related.

If you have information on the crimes you're asked to contact Hopewell Police.

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