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Chesterfield Police investigate half a dozen car break-ins

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More car break-ins in Chesterfield County keep police busy, and neighbors guarded.

Half a dozen cars were broken into between the early morning hours Friday and Saturday. Police say the thieves hit the Chesterbrook Farms Neighborhood near West Hundred Road and the surrounding area. 

Some neighbors have lived here more than 30 years. They say they've never heard of so many break-ins in their community until now. Police say this all happened because car doors were left unlocked. 

When Emily Phillips got into her car with her brother to go to work early Friday morning, she knew something wasn't right.   

"Everything was torn out of the glove box," said Phillips. Everything was torn out of the console. They even broke it backward and tore it off." 

At first she thought it was her brother, and her brother thought it was her.

"We both looked at each other to blame each other like, 'Did you make this mess last night?,'" said Spencer Phillips.  

Instead, the thief or thieves ransacked the entire car - stealing a GPS, an iPod, a Play Station portable device and a large amount of change - all of this ruining their sense of security. 

"It just leaves you with an uneasy feeling," Spencer noted.  

 It also left Peggy Hinkle feeling uneasy several doors down on McAllister drive. She left her car unlocked Thursday night. 

"I was just busy, tired and forgot," said Hinkle.  

She even got up Friday morning for a 5 a.m. walk, and didn't notice her door was open until she left for work later that morning.  

"I thought, 'Oh my goodness, someone has been in here,'" Hinkle added. "It's a creepy feeling." 

She says they snagged her brand new $400 GPS and even went through her husband's truck.  

"You know you live in a nice, safe, friendly neighborhood and now I feel like I was violated," Hinkle noted.  

Hinkle has lived here for more than 20 years. Other than mailbox vandalism years ago, she's never had to worry about break-ins on her street.  

The same goes for the Phillips who grew up here. Now everyone will make sure their doors are locked every night.   

This comes on the heels of several reported car break-ins in another Chesterfield community - the Cloverhill Estates neighborhood. That's about 25 minutes away from the neighborhood NBC12 visited Saturday. Police are still searching for suspects in both cases. If you can help, call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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