Rash Of Thefts From Unlocked Vehicles In Chesterfield County

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -  Chesterfield police are investigating a rash of car break-ins. But the victims made it easy for the crooks by leaving their car doors unlocked.

In just a short walk in the Fawn Creek neighborhood, we saw an Ipod sitting on the passenger seat of one car, a GPS in plain view in another, and in Ryan Couch's driveway, a treasure trove.

Several handbags were sitting on the front and back seats.

This, one day after crooks pilfered three of his vehicles, which were all unlocked in the driveway.

"It was a learning experience, said Couch.

Couch believes the culprits struck overnight Wednesday.

"They grabbed the wallets and tossed all the contents up the street," said Couch.

Luckily, he got his debit cards back.

His vehicles weren't the only ones hit.

Items were stolen from several cars off Brockett Drive.

That along with nine more cars off Buck Rub drive in the nearby Deer Run neighborhood.

The victims made it easy for the crooks by not locking their doors.

"It's a false sense of security," said Harry Dimauro.

But Dimauro says he doesn't risk it and watches his property like a hawk.

"These times are tight people are going to be desperate the economy is killing everybody and the criminals know it," said Dimauro.

Couch isn't worried about it happening again.

"It's locked now," said Couch.

No one's been arrested for these crimes.

It was just last month Chesterfield police urged residents to lock their car doors after investigating more than two hundred thefts from unsecured vehicles.

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