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Henrico man continues recovery after being shot while confronting thieves

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

After a homeowner is shot protecting his property, we did some digging and found out that same neighborhood is no stranger to crime.

This is the 400 block of Penley Avenue in eastern Henrico, the same area plagued by reports of car larcenies.

The reports are very similar, most of the time the cars are unlocked and items are stolen. But this time, the suspects also pulled out a gun.

There are some things Sandra White wishes could be added to her street.

"There are no street lights in this neighborhood the only street lights we have for security are people's porch lights," she said.

She has reason to be uneasy, the people suspected of shooting her neighbor are still out there.  "He just woke up, he just wanted to protect his house as well as the neighbors," she said.

Police say the two suspects were looking through the car when the victim came out with a shotgun to confront them that's when officers say shots were fired and the victim was hit in the hip. Now neighbors say they're not surprised the victim took a chance like that

Austin Burkhead knows the man now recovering from the gunshot wound.

"It sounded like something he would do like walk outside and protect the neighborhood. It's just how he is real protective," he said.

The victim is going to be okay but neighbors are now realizing what these criminals are capable of.

NBC12 looked through the crime incident report and found there have been a number of recently reported car larcenies in the area-and it's not just happening on Penley Avenue. 

According to the Crime Incident report, Henrico Police have received multiple calls for Seabury Avenue, Beulah Road, Sandston Avenue and Huntsman Road. Unlocked cars are the main target and police say thieves have made off with money, electronics, and even guns.

Officers say they are spending more times in these neighborhoods but the crime continues.

People who live here need to take responsibility as well. Many of these thefts are happening because car doors are unlocked. It's simple advice that everyone can follow.

Detectives say while this is an active investigation, they aren't releasing suspect descriptions at this time expect to say they are looking for two white males. If you know anything that could help police call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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