CARROLLTON, Va. (WAVY) – The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office said thieves went into a dozen cars to take valuable items in just a few hours Sunday night into Monday morning. Someone also stole an SUV. Deputies said it happened in the Graystone and Bridgewater neighborhoods of Carrollton.
“It doesn’t take long for these individuals to go up to a car, see items of value, grab them, and then take off, and they’re gone,” said Lt. Tommy Potter.
At around 1:30 Monday morning, deputies said they went to the Graystone community after someone called to report two suspicious men.
“They could not locate the males, but while they were canvassing the neighborhood, they were approached by a citizen who stated that someone had been in their car and removed some items,” Potter said.
It happened 11 other times in that neighborhood and nearby Bridgewater during a two to three-hour period, he said. In Graystone, residents reported someone going through cars on Ashley Park Court and Windsong Way. In Bridgewater, residents reported the same issues on Marsh Hawk Trail, James River Trail, and Rivers Arch Trail. In most of the cases, drivers left doors unlocked, Potter said. Thieves took items like laptops, cameras, other electronics, and money from the vehicles.
“We go shopping, we go to Christmas parties, we go to various functions and we have gifts. We have other items of value that we don’t think about because we get in a hurry, we leave it in our cars, and we become targets…My biggest concern is that we’re beginning to see a trend of these things happening as we go into the holiday season. We would most definitely like to stop these individuals,” he said.
Someone also stole a black 2004 Nissan Armada from Ashley Park Court, but it was later recovered in Hampton, Potter said.
The sheriff’s office is still looking for suspects in these cases. Deputies said residents reported similar crimes in James City County, but it was too soon to tell if there was any connection.
“Especially during this time of the year, lock your cars, take your valuables out of the car,” Potter said.