New Kent authorities investigating multiple car larcenies, thefts

Published: Oct. 3, 2021 at 7:30 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2021 at 11:38 PM EDT
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NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - The New Kent County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help after a string of vehicle larcenies and thefts.

Between midnight and 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 3, authorities said unknown suspects entered multiple vehicles in the Deer Lake and Rochambeau neighborhoods.

Several items were stolen from those vehicles. Police add two vehicles were also stolen.

Jim Bowman has lived in the Rochambeau neighborhood for the last two years and describes the neighborhood as very quiet and safe.

“There’s a very low crime in the area in general,” he said.

Bowman says the situation is leaving neighbors a little anxious and nervous.

“I was actually a couple of houses over from the home that had one of the vehicles stolen,” he said.

The incident is also leaving Ronnie Joseph Hobson Sr., who has lived in the Rochambeau neighborhood for more than two years, stunned.

“That surprised me with the number of security lights and lights in the community that it still happened,” he said.

Hobson says he wasn’t impacted by the string of thefts.

“It was nothing but a blessing of God for that to have happened to me,” Hobson said.

Sheriff’s deputies are asking anyone with video/home surveillance footage during that time frame to send it to investigators.

Bowman said neighbors are lending each other a helping hand.

“Everybody watches out for each other,” Bowman said. “Everybody was out and about trading information, what can we do to help those who were affected.”

As the investigation continues, Bowman also believes residents will stay alert.

“I think folks are going to be vigilant around locking their doors,” Bowman said. “I have a feeling we’re going to see more cameras going up to cover blind spots around people’s homes as well and probably improving security lights and things like that in the neighborhood.”

That video can be submitted by clicking here.

Anyone with information is urged to contact investigators.

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