Suspicious woman, break-ins leaving have West End neighbors on edge

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. - At Jennifer Hebner's near West End home, she has it covered when it comes to a security system and staying aware.

"I'm sort of like the eyes and ears during the day when everybody else isn't home," she said.

Now, the mother of two is on even more alert after learning about several break-ins in her neighborhood.

"The houses were completely ransacked, furniture tumbled upside down, drawers completely thrown," said Hebner.

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Neighbors gather after break-ins and reports of a suspicious woman in the area.

According to Henrico Police, there have been three home break-ins since June 30.

Police said two of them happened on July 13. One was on Pine Ridge Road as CBS 6 reported, and the other was along the 1000 block of Orchard Road.

Neighbors also told reporter Chelsea Rarrick that another break-in happened along the 900 block of Orchard Road.

Neighbors said they believed that house was on the Richmond side.

WTVR CBS 6 reached out to Richmond Police, but as of Friday evening, had not heard back.

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Alarm system.

"We're all kind of on edge right now, and we've all gotten together to have a little neighborhood watch service going on," said neighbor Beverley Rueger.

But, it doesn't stop at the break-ins.

Hebner said last week she and others noticed a suspicious woman in the area who was dressed in a tank top and shorts with a towel and squirt bottle.

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"We're all kind of on edge right now, and we've all gotten together to have a little neighborhood watch service going on," one neighbor said.

"I watched her go to about five of the houses where there was nobody and I stood there and watched her and she never ever came to my door to try to sell me anything," she said.

Henrico Police said they are aware of the woman and are investigating.

Police are also investigating the break-ins.

Those living in the neighborhood said they hope police find who is responsible, and have a message for those committing the crimes.

"Don't come back to this neighborhood, because everyone is looking out for you," said Rueger.