NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Police are looking for two suspects caught on surveillance video tampering with vehicles in Newport News.
Police say there have been nine thefts from vehicles in the Summerlake subdivision near Oyster Point and in the Deep Creek neighborhood. The incidents all happened in the early morning hours of August 5, 8, 9, 17 and 18. There was also one report of tampering.
“They just hit one street after the other, and we want to stop that kind of crime as quick as we can,” said Detective Michael Wirtes. “Some were successful in actually taking something from the vehicle, and then others where the door was locked, we have the video of him reaching and grabbing the door handle to see if it was unsecured or not.”
The suspects got away with cell phones, tablets and money, according to police. A gun was also reported missing in one incident.
“When an individual walks up that wants to take advantage, they are going to look in the vehicle,” Wirtes said. “If they don’t see anything in sight, they probably won’t enter that vehicle if it’s locked.”
Police say this string of crimes is the most recent in a vehicle theft problem plaguing the city.
“It may increase in the summer months, but it goes year-round … and we know there is a problem in Newport News that we are trying to take care of,” Wirtes said.
Police described the one of the suspects (pictured below) as light-skinned, six-feet-tall with an athletic build and wearing a backpack.
If you have any information about these crimes, please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.