Right now, thieves are targeting entire neighborhoods around Henrico County. But many victims may be encouraging them.
That's because police say people keep leaving their car doors unlocked. Several larcenies were reported in the Glen Allen area on Rimbey Court. But this week, more than a dozen cases were reported in Sandston neighborhood near East Williamsburg Road. The streets hit included: Penley Avenue, Mary Street, Seabury Avenue, Beulah Road and Huntsman Road
NBC12 traveled to both parts of the county to speak to people who live in the neighborhoods.
In Glen Allen, Brock Klich says he caught the thieves on his surveillance cameras. In one clip you can see them carrying flashlights down the street.
"It's a four camera system and this one is hidden in the mailbox," he said.
Because it's at night, the video is not as clear but he says you can see them going through his neighbor's car. On the screen you see them shining flashlights into the vehicle.
"[They] stole a GPS and a camera out of that car and as they were leaving you can catch them barely doing a fist pump," Klich said.
Klich says the suspects look like teens.
Henrico Police say they also have reports of more than 13 cars being vandalized in this neighborhood off East Williamsburg Road. The items taken are a bit more serious. The list includes: cash, GPS systems and even guns!
Again, all of the doors were unlocked.
"We've only been here a year and it's been quiet now all this happened," said Tina Davis.
Davis says her family moved here after a home invasion. She says her trucks are normally locked but she just forgot last night. She says the thief went further onto her property.
"They went right in the backyard right in front of the garage and took my son's bike so they must be very brave," she said.
Henrico Police say they are seeing too many larceny cases that could have been prevented.
"We have seen some incidents throughout Henrico County where an entire neighborhood may have been hit," said Lt. Linda Toney. "If you don't want your car to be broken into lock your car don't be a victim."
Police say they need people to tell them if they think they're a victim of a larceny, because it helps track any type of crime trend in the area.
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