Norfolk homes targeted by burglars

Posted at 11:57 PM, Nov 23, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-24 07:18:57-05

Norfolk, Va - The holiday didn’t stop the low-down. Tonight, Norfolk Police are looking into two crimes that happened just blocks apart.

In one, a thief actually took off with the gift a man got for his grandson.

A brick through the window of a Norfolk home, the shattered glass still there. Jesse Brannon was upstairs in his room Wednesday just before noon when he heard a loud thump at his backdoor. "The dog started barking but I didn’t really pay attention cause he barks for nothing sometimes.”

The family didn’t realize someone was trying to break into their home off Hampton Boulevard, until hours later when Brannon’s mother discovered the evidence.

The attempted break-in doesn’t appear to be an isolated incident. Head east on Woodview Avenue, take a left for a couple of blocks, and another left on Forest Avenue and you’ll find Bill Mathews. He’s live there 41 years, and his house has been broken into twice in the past week.

Most recently just an hour after the house two blocks away got hit. They took money from a piggy bank, took money from his briefcase, even stole a birthday card with cash that was supposed to got to Mathews’ grandson. And then there are the things he can’t replace, “An Air Force commemorative watch was in there.”

It’s clear how the intruder tried to get into the house on Woodview Avenue. But for Mathews it’s a mystery. “Pretty scary because we couldn’t find how he got in, it was just like somebody been in your house while we’re gone and in some way, I don’t know how.”

Again the break-ins were on Woodview Avenue and Forest Avenue, just two blocks away, both off of Hampton Boulevard.

It’s too early in the police investigation to say whether the two are connected.

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