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911 call leads to 5 arrests in Henrico's West End

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

Five teens are now facing charges after police say they were caught stealing stuff from several cars along Montfort Loop and Quarter Mill Road, a neighborhood near Pemberton Road.

It only took one phone call for police to make those five arrests, but officers say the suspected thieves could have targeted more people in the area.

Most of the people living in the townhomes were asleep, when a group of teenagers started their crime spree Thursday morning. Police say the suspected thieves looked for unlocked cars, taking electronics and cash. They could have gotten away with it, but one woman just happened to be awake.

The neighborhood watch coordinator said the woman was on her way to work the morning shift when she just happened to look into the parking lot and saw something suspicious. She called 911. Within minutes, several police cars blocked off the street.

It woke up Sue Grevino. "They were mostly right out on the corner," she said. "I did see at least one person with handcuffs."

Police say five suspects were found inside a parked car with the stolen items. While two are under 18 years old, Lt. Linda Toney says they could be charged with larceny or vandalism.

"Oftentimes, people don't want to get involved, but when they do things like this can happen," Lt. Toney said.

She says the phone call changed this investigation.

"Instead of us going and just taking reports of just items missing from a vehicle, we are now able to place charges because somebody actually took action."

People who live here say an active Neighborhood Crime Watch group keeps people aware.

"We meet often together and the association is trying to foster closer relationships with each of the residents that are here," says Grevino.

Samer Hijaz checked to make sure his car is okay. He's grateful for the outcome.

"It's greatly appreciated that people are on the lookout," he said.

If you live in the area of Quarter Mill Road and think you may have been targeted Wednesday night, police want to hear from you. The number to call to make a report is 501-5000.

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