CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Police are dealing with a rash of car break-ins and thefts in Chesterfield County, where nearly 100 reports have been filed this month.
8News Reporter Tracey Smith scoured over crime logs and found 21 reported vehicle thefts during the month of September, 54 larceny from vehicle incidents and 16 attempted larcenies. And it’s not just specific neighborhoods being targeted; it’s happening across the county.
“I couldn’t believe it, I thought I was dreaming,” said Wenonah Washington, who said she woke up Thursday morning to a nightmare when her husband came in from walking their dogs. “He says, ‘where’s your car?’ And I thought he was joking. I said it’s outside, and he says, ‘no it’s not.'”
Sometime Wednesday night, thieves stole her car from her driveway in the Watermark neighborhood of North Chesterfield. Police said the thefts have been a growing trend across the county.
“What we’re seeing is they will go through different streets different neighborhoods check every door handle,” explained Detective Chris Rizzuti with Chesterfield Police. “If the door handle opens, shoppers paradise for the theives.”
Thankfully for Washington, her vehicle has been recovered. Now she’s hoping others will learn from her.
“I’m going to take a step back and stop multitasking as much so I can focus on what I am doing at that moment so I don’t make these types of mistakes ever again,” she said.
Detective Rizzuti added, “this is a crime of opportunity and if you dont give the thief the opportunity they’re not going to be able to take you up on it.”
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