‘It’s definitely a wake up call’: Chesterfield Police seek person suspected of stealing from vehicles

Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 4:27 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 23, 2021 at 7:55 PM EST
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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - The Chesterfield County Police Department is looking for a suspect they believe stole valuables from several cars in a Midlothian neighborhood last week.

In a tweet on Monday, a member of the department released Ring camera footage of the suspect police believe is responsible for entering vehicles in the area of Felbridge Court in the Rosemont neighborhood off of North Otterdale Road in Midlothian.

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Chesterfield County Police Department said five unlocked vehicles were entered. According to the department, cash, electronics, alcohol, and a wallet were taken from three of the vehicles.

The Ring camera footage came from a Midlothian woman who didn’t want to be identified for safety reasons.

“Saw a man coming down my driveway, walking to my husband’s vehicle, trying to get in it, and taking off to my neighbor’s yard,” she said. “This is very unusual. I’ve lived here for 12 years and never had anything like this happen.”

The resident said nothing was taken from her husband’s car because it was locked. However, other neighbors weren’t so lucky.

“Some people who had their doors unlocked, he was able to get into their vehicles, and he did, unfortunately, take some very valuable things from neighbors in the neighborhood,” she said. “It’s definitely a wake-up call.

The situation left this resident and her neighbors feeling uncomfortable.

“It’s just appalling how someone can just come onto your property like they own it and just walk up and go through your things,” she said. “Seeing that happen it is very unnerving.”

This comes as the holiday season approaches and shoppers plan out their gifts for loved ones.

Corporal Tim Lamb with the Chesterfield County Police Department said it’s important for people to stay aware.

“It should go year-round that we should make sure we double check our doors and make sure they’re locked,” he said.

Lamb advises people to take all their valuables out of their cars. When shopping, he also warns people to hide their new purchases in their trunks until they get home.

“Keeping something with you like a blanket or something to put over those items,” he said.

The Chesterfield County Police Department is continuing its investigation into these incidents.

If you have any information, you can call Crime Solvers at (804)-748-0660.

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