Richmond Police say car break-ins are the worst they have ever seen them. Police are getting creative to try and outsmart the nimble crooks, but officers say they need your help.
Something as simple as failing to lock your doors has Richmond officers working overtime trying to stop a rash of car break-ins.
"And the problem is it is worse now than it ever has been, because now we have GPS devices." said Sgt. Jean Guy Legouffe.
You don't have to go far around town to find GPS units lighting up the darkness and plainly displayed in car windows.
The overnight crime report from December 17 to December 18 tells the story. There were seven different reported cases of theft from a motor vehicle.
"I mean, if you leave 50 cents in the cup holder and the vehicle is locked, they'll bust the window just for the 50 cents," said Legouffe.
Fabric softener was stolen out of a car on the 200 block of West Clay Street. Medication and money was stolen out of a car on the 500 block of St. James Street. Earlier in the week, a foosball table was stolen on the 800 block of Cumberland Street. The list is exhaustive.
"It's the Christmas crazies coming out," said Shockoe Bottom Neighborhood Association president David Napier who fears the rash of downtown car break-ins could impact business.
"I don't like it," said Napier."I try to tell the people that I know down here, please don't make our statistics any worse by leaving your phone or your iPad or your computer in the car."
Richmond Police say they are rolling out walking patrols and unmarked vehicles to try and tackle the problem.
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