Thieves target unlocked cars in West End neighborhoods

By Andy Jenks - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Neighbors haven't seen crime like this, since August. This time - either one person, or a group, went door to door, stealing valuables from unlocked cars.

"My brother has friends over a lot on the weekend, and there's a bunch of cars in the culdesac," said resident Claire Archer.

She was there, the morning her brother and his friend found out about the break-ins. The friend lost a wallet, more specifically, what was "inside" it.

"Our neighbors found the wallet on the street with money missing, and his ID strewn," she said.

Thieves have hit several "other" cars dating back to late December, until this past weekend, getting gloves and sunglasses, even a GPS unit. It's why Laura Wadsworth is helping to raise awareness, in the Kingsley neighborhood.

"I think one of the important things of living in a neighborhood is watching out for each other," say Wadsworth.

She says the more people "know" about the crimes, the more they'll keep an eye on one another, and practice good crime prevention. Helping neighbors avoid that feeling "no one" wants.

"Annoyed, I guess. And angry. And it is kind a scary to think that people are coming up to our cars and so close to our house late at night," says Claire.

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