HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Police are concerned over a string of car break-ins in Ashland.
The surveillance images below are from stores in Mechanicsville and Henrico County. Ashland Police say the men in the pictures used credit cards stolen from some cars in Ashland. Since August, there have been 30 vehicle break ins in the town.
“These suspects used credit cards that were stolen from some of these unlocked vehicles,” said Sergeant Scott Menzies with Ashland Police.
Menzies says credit cards were just some of the things taken. Other valuables, including three guns, were taken from unlocked vehicles. One victim left the keys to their brand new car inside. The car was stolen but was later recovered. Police say most of these cases were preventable.
“In this situation, obviously locking the car doors would have prevented some of this, we believe the suspects were just pulling door handles,” said Menzies.
Police say it doesn’t matter how safe you think your neighborhood is. They’ve decided to get the word out after nine cars were broken into this past weekend- a big jump in break ins for the town.
“In such a short time period this weekend, yes, it was a significant increase,” said Menzies.
They’re reminding residents to follow the obvious advice.
“If you have valuable property inside, you can move that inside or at least store it in the trunk where it’s not visible. Lock your car doors and make sure your car doors are secure and shut all the way,” said Menzies.
If you recognize any of the suspects, you’re asked to call Ashland Police or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.