Thieves target Ghent neighborhood as Norfolk police investigate

Posted at 5:26 PM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 23:51:07-04

NORFOLK, Va. - Families are scared to go to sleep after a string of burglaries in Ghent.

A woman, who didn't want to identify herself, knows the feeling all too well. Her home is just off Lewellyn Avenue.

"It's been like five nights we haven't slept. My husband and I wake up every hour and check outside to make sure my car isn't stolen," she said.

Just last week, she says thieves stole her car, money and laptop -- all while she and her husband were upstairs sleeping. She's nine months pregnant.

"They could have shot us. They could have killed us. They could have killed my baby, and that's scary right now," she added.

Statistics show there have been five more burglaries in the Ghent Square civic league and Ghent Neighborhood League areas compared to 2015. Norman Soroko's neighbor has been hit twice. "It's scary," he said. "I'm thinking about putting in an alarm system at my house.

Someone threw a brick through Robert Allee's glass door, but didn't completely break it. He says it is unsettling. "I'm not ready to move out or build a fort or anything like that," he said. "I will say I have a concealed carry permit."

Police say they will add more patrols in the area. There's a neighborhood watch meeting on Thursday at 6 pm at 901 Asbury Ave.

If you have any information on the burglaries, call the Crime Line at 1-888-Lock-U-Up.