String of burglaries in Henrico's West End

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A crime alert out of Henrico County. If you live in the West End, be on the lookout. Police say there have been a string of home break-ins in broad daylight.

Police say many of these home break-ins are happening in upscale neighborhoods in the afternoon hours when many people are away at work.

Investigators say in many of these cases, burglars were able to get inside these homes because several doors in the home were unlocked.

Burglars are taking cash, laptops and jewelry.

Steve McKenna was outside playing with his child when someone broke into his neighbor's house without him noticing.

"Apparently they went in the back," McKenna said. "A couple hours later there was police in the driveway. He knocked on our door and was like, 'did you see anything?' and I was like, 'no' and apparently they had just gotten robbed."

A total of ten homes in western Henrico have been targeted since November.

Right now police say they haven't seen a pattern for where these break-ins are happening. Investigators say many of them are simply crimes of opportunity.

Some people in these areas say they're stepping up their home security.

"We're locking everything up tight," he said. "Usually I don't lock up my car but now I do."

Michael Hardy lives a few doors down from two homes recently burglarized. He heard there were several break-ins in this part of Henrico, but he didn't know several of them happened on his block.

"This time of year, especially with the holidays, I always heard break-ins are more prevalent."  Hardy said. "You just got to be vigilant and keep the doors locked and keep an eye out for your neighbors."

Right now police do not believe all of these break-ins are related.

Police say you should always lock your doors and windows while you're away. If you spot anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call 911 or 501-5000.

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