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Neighbors speak out after Green Run neighborhood break-ins

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Posted at 11:04 PM, Jul 03, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-03 23:20:38-04

Thieves breaking into homes in Virginia Beach - preying on folks in the middle of the day!

They broke into Anthony Cuocco's son's house. The broken back door is in the backyard.

"It's more than just a crime against possessions and stuff like that, people are in your house and you're supposed to, you should feel safe in your house."

They then went upstairs, breaking down the locked bedroom doors, and bringing a safe downstairs before prying it open and stealing $800 and jewelry.

This break-in happened last week - another house here on Mikie Court was hit yesterday.
Both happened in the middle of the day.

"There seems to be a lack of fear, or being caught, and that or they're watching houses and knowning people's schedules."

So how are they breaking into these Green Run homes? Neighbors say that they're using this area as a no-man's land, just hopping over the fences of people they know are not home, going in, taking everything, and going right out undetected. Because the fences are relatively high and the houses are back a little bit - no one's able to see them as they took off.

"It provides great cover to get in and out kind of virtually not seen."

Neighbors here say they know the police can't be everywhere at all times, and solving break-ins like this are tough, so they're taking preventive measures.

"If they're watching you be mindful what's going on around, if you see people around they don't belong around there when in doubt call. Call the police and maybe somebody will get caught."

They say high fences make good neighbors - in this case, it could be helping the criminals.

Cuocco hopes if neighbors keep an eye out for one another, the break-ins will fizzle out.

If you know anything about the break-ins, take action against crime and call the Crime Line. 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.