Virginia Beach police investigate reports of items stolen off of front doors being sold online

Posted at 11:15 PM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-14 23:43:43-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The wreath on the front door of a family's home at the Cornerstone Townhomes is very inviting with a message reminding visitors to take off their shoes, but someone recently invited themselves to take the wreath.

The woman who lives there got the wreath back, and posted a polite message on her door saying, "Please do not attempt to steal my wreath or any other item again. You've been caught on camera. Please stop stealing!"

She didn't want News 3 to identify her. She says he posted about it on the NextDoor App and says she's heard from about 20 people sharing similar experiences.

Virginia Beach Police are now investigating at least two reports.

One of the reports say the thief is trying to sell the stolen items on social media, sites like Facebook and Offer Up.

"Some people are hurting for money. Some people don't have jobs," said Nelson Fernandez, a neighbor. "Life is hard."

Neighbors are hoping it will all stop soon. Some of the stolen items have been returned after they were found on social media.

Police say they haven't made any arrests, but they have leads.