Eight times in one week thieves broke into vehicles parked at West End parks and YMCA locations. All eight break-ins, between June 9 and June 14, happened during the daytime.
"Victims reported various items stolen, to include pocketbooks, wallets, credit cards, checks and other personal items," police said in a statement. "In all but one incident, the cars were locked and a window was smashed/broken to gain entry."
The theft occurred at the following locations:
- the YMCA in the 11200 block of Nuckols Road
- the YMCA in the 9200 block of Patterson Avenue
- Deep Run Park on Ridgefield Parkway
- Otter Pond Park on Park Forest Lane (Wyndham)
"Detectives are concerned that suspects are watching victims as they exit vehicles without a purse," police said. "In several of these cases, suspects attempted to use bank cards and/or pass checks belonging to the victims."
Police have identified two suspect vehicles in these case. One is a dark colored SUV, the other is a dark colored sedan. Both vehicles have out-of-state registrations and no front license plate.
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call Henrico Police at (804) 501-5000 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.
Reminders from Henrico Police
- Lock your vehicle at all times
- Do not leave valuables inside a vehicle
- Covering a purse or wallet on the floorboard does not mean it is safe from theft.
- Do not carry a checkbook with you, rather leave it at home
- If you are a victim, do not enter the vehicle.
- If you are a victim, report the incident to police immediately and make your bank aware