CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Chesterfield County Crime Solvers is looking for help identifying a man captured on surveillance cameras breaking into a home on Twain Lane.
Investigators say he stole $4,000 worth of jewelry, clothing and electronics.
A neighbor and former police officer told 8News he has a message for any criminal who’s thinking about trying to hit their neighborhood again.
“Just know that you’re being watched,” Tony Easley said.
Tony Easley lives just down the street from the home where surveillance video caught the man breaking in. Now, he’s hoping his neighbors join him in making sure everyone’s home is protected during the holidays.
“Just make sure that as neighbors you’re watching, you’re constantly watching, you’re looking out and being mindful of what’s going on in your neighborhood,” Easley said.
Chesterfield Crime Solvers say the homeowners attacked did nothing wrong, but there are things you can do to try and ward off thieves.
“It’s always good to have cars still in the driveway,” Cpl. Kevin Bacon with Crime Solvers said. “It’s good to have lights on timers. It’s always good to have of course doors and windows locked in the home, lights on in the home. So again the criminal thinks the home is still being lived in.”
During the holidays, a lot people go out of town, but Cpl. Bacon said one of your best prevention tools, is your neighbor.
“If people get to know their neighbors, if they actually communicate with their neighbors and ask their neighbors to keep an eye on their homes while there away, then there’s less likely a chance that something can happen,” Cpl. Bacon said.
Some police jurisdictions even offer a service where officers drive by homes when you’re on vacation.
There are no suspects or leads at this time. The public is being asked to call Crime Solvers at (804) 748-0660 to anonymously report information about this case.
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