Rash of vehicle break-ins reported in Suffolk neighborhoods

Posted at 12:35 AM, Jul 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-17 00:35:48-04

Suffolk,Va. - Residents in two Suffolk neighborhoods say someone swiped items from their vehicles.

"Glove box was open and all of this stuff was thrown on the floor," says Mandy Roop, who discovered her car was broken into last Friday morning. 

Roop is not alone. More than five in her Suffolk Deerfield neighborhood woke up to find a similar scene inside their cars.

"The glove box was open, the console was open,” says Chris Shields, who lives a few houses down from Roop on Weatherby Way. 

Shields says nearly $3,000 worth of valuables were snatched from his two vehicles.

"iPods, sunglasses, laptop from work was missing," he says. 

Police say what made it so easy for thieves to go from one car to the next is that pretty much every vehicle they broke into was unlocked. 

"Yeah I left mine unlocked," Roop admits. 

"Just happened to forget that night,”Shields says. “Was the wrong night to forget to lock the doors."

Saturday the break-ins shifted a few miles away to neighborhoods off Bridge Road.

Paul Parrish is one of at least three victims on Breezeport Way.

"This was flipped up and everything that was inside was all over the car," he explains. 

Thankfully the crooks didn't touch his GPS and only stole a pack of gum.

"Felt pretty lucky, but felt pretty violated,” Parrish says. “I was just happy that no physical damage was done." 

Police say there were no witnesses and they're not sure if the two rashes of break-ins are connected.

If you have any information, call the crime line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.