York County deputies investigate rash of break-ins

YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – Deputies in York County are alerting residents about a recent spurt in residential burglaries and attempted burglaries.

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office is investigating several incidents in the Tabb area over the last two weeks. In each case, a resident was home when the crime occurred.

Early Wednesday morning, George Dickson said he was asleep in the Running Man community. He and his wife were in town from Utah, visiting their daughter, the day before she was expected to have a baby.

“My daughter woke up hearing some noise,” Dickson said. “What had happened is they took a brick and tried to break through this side light, and it’s safety glass, so it wouldn’t break.”

Then he said his wife heard a pounding on the door.

“They went next door and got a brick, maybe the same brick. They threw it through that window right here. They threw it through this window and then they undid those locks and pulled the top down and jumped in the house,” he said.

His three young grand kids were asleep in their beds. Dickson’s wife and daughter were sure someone was in the house.

“They woke me. I threw some pajamas on. I walked down the stairs and as I got to the bottom of the stairs, I yelled, ‘Hey!’ because I didn’t want to surprise them,” Dickson said.

That’s when Dickson said the intruders started moving.

“They ran through the kitchen into the laundry room, opened the inside garage door and jumped through that inside window without even lifting it up. I could hear crashing, glass breaking, and at that point is when the neighbor across the street saw three or four people running out of the house here, out of this window, up into some cars. They said, ‘We’ve got to go, we’ve got to go,’ and they took off,” Dickson said.

The intruders did not take anything, and his family is fine, he said.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to call 911 as soon as they think they hear glass breaking, suspicious noises or possibly someone in their home. If you have any information about these crimes, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Full list of related burglary incidents provided by the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office via Facebook:

July 17: Resident was home in their bedroom and heard someone in the house. The resident look out the bedroom door and saw a male approximately 6’0″ tall, with curly hair, wearing red sweat pants and a black t-shirt. Entry was made by forcing the back door open. An apple iPad was stolen. Several witnesses described seeing several males running from the residence and leave in a White 4 Door car possibly a Honda.

July 26: The resident was in his garage when he heard someone trying to open the garage door. The resident went into his house to call 911 and heard the alarm on his vehicle parked in the driveway activate. The resident looked outside and saw a subject running down the street. This was an attempted burglary and nothing was taken

July 28: The homeowner’s son was upstairs in the house and heard glass breaking. When he went downstairs to investigate he saw a brick had been thrown through the picture window of the house. No entry was made into the house and we are including this offense due to similarities where a brick was used to break window in other recent burglaries.

July 28: The resident was home in bed and woke up after hearing what she thought was glass breaking. Being concerned it may have been a dream the victim waited several minutes and when she heard someone walking around in the residence called 911. The resident opened the bedroom door and called out and heard someone run out of the residence. The resident then heard a vehicle with a loud muffler start and leave the area. A window next to the door had been broken with pipe wrench which was still lodged in the window. A black Mag-Lite flashlight and small fire extinguisher were lying on the ground next to the open side garage door. While canvassing the neighborhood a blue purse was found in the flower bed of the house next door. The victim’s vehicle that was parked in the driveway also appeared to have been rummaged through. A cordless drill was missing from the garage.

July 30: The resident was in bed and heard a noise from the downstairs of the house. The resident went to check on her kids who were sleep in bed and then went back to bed. A short time later the resident heard glass breaking. The resident called out and then went and woke her visiting parents and then called 911. The resident then heard more glass breaking and heard someone running, then cars speeding off. A neighbor who heard the commotion looked outside and saw several people with flashlights running from the victim side garage entrance toward a light green SUV or Crossover type vehicle and a dark sedan with a loud muffler parked on the right side of Tuckahoe Trace near the intersection of Victory Blvd. The burglars were hollering Go, Go, Go. The windows to the right and left of the front door were broken and a brick was found on the porch and in the living room. A window was also found broken on the side garage door entrance. Nothing was reported to be missing.

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