Thief rummages through vehicles in Chesterfield neighborhood

Thief rummages through vehicles in Chesterfield neighborhood

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Police are reminding everyone to lock their car doors after investigators say one neighborhood was targeted and items were stolen from several unlocked vehicles on Keithwood Parkway, off Courthouse Road.

This is an older neighborhood near Chesterfield Towne Center.

Neighbors say it's quiet and out of the way. That's why they were surprised a crime had happened here.

"It's just really a convenient neighborhood. Close to everything, but really quiet," says Abby Dixon, smiling as she talks about her neighborhood.

But the quiet of Dixon's Chesterfield hideaway was shattered this past weekend when her neighbors' cars were targeted.

Police say a suspect entered at least five unlocked vehicles. The thought that someone was outside lurking around makes Dixon uneasy.

"It's a little concerning and makes you feel more cautious than you like to be, especially with kids. Yeah, it doesn't make you feel quite as safe as you should be in a neighborhood like this," she says.

Chesterfield Police say it's a crime they see too often. So much so, they're targeting it in their ongoing Public Service campaign #NoMatterWhereYouAreLockYourCar.

In 2013 through 2015, the Department had more than 3,000 reports of thefts from vehicles.

Police say the majority are from unlocked cars and trucks.

Investigators say the solution to this problem is simple, and with a little extra effort, can save you a lot of headache in the long run.

For Abby Dixon, she says she'll continue to lock her car - just in case.

If you know anything about this incident, you're asked to call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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