VIRGINIA BEACH, Va - Car break-ins, a stolen car and armed thieves are now the concerns of those living in the Ocean Park neighborhood. Neighbors said they used to consider the area quiet and free of serious crimes.
However, in recent weeks neighbors started reporting car break-ins. Philip Geib, who has lived in the neighborhood for 15 years, said he wasn't affected until his son asked him a question earlier this week.
"My son came in the room and said, 'Did you let someone borrow the car last night?'" said Geib.
No, Geib did not lend someone his Lexus. It was stolen out of his driveway and he caught it all on camera. Fortunately, it didn't take him long to find it thanks to GPS.
"Hit the alarm and found the car had been hidden in the back of this body shop where they were going to start taking it apart and then the police showed up," said Geib.
But the stolen car isn't what's worrying Geib. The next day, he went back to check his surveillance video and noticed thieves on his property. One of them was armed.
"They were back there was four of them. This time though, they were carrying weapons as they’re going through and breaking into cars," said Geib. "Somebody’s going to get killed or they're going to get into a house and do a home invasion or a shootout on the street. It doesn’t end well one way or another."
Geib said he and his neighbors haven't seen a lot of police presence in the area and are hoping that'll change very soon because of how many people being affected.