Car thefts in Chesapeake caught on camera

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – Neighbors say they are concerned after hearing about theft and vandalism happening in their tight-knit neighborhood on Burfoot Street.

Police say the theft happened between Sunday night and Monday morning. On Monday morning, Robert Lawrence and his wife woke up to find her purse and other items scattered across her neighbor’s front yard. They checked the surveillance video from their security cameras and saw people walking through the area, checking cars and then ultimately getting into their car.

It’s something unexpected on this quiet street in Chesapeake.

“I am very much surprised. I’ll be looking out for anyone who I don’t recognize coming through the neighborhood and keeping my lights around the home, illuminated and also making sure that my cars are locked,” says Emmanuel Hawks, a neighbor of the Lawrence’s.

Hawks and the Lawrence’s have been neighbors on Burfoot Street for more than 30 years. They say this theft and vandalism is concerning.

“People coming through the neighborhood and damaging the property or looking at property that is not theirs,” says Hawks.

Police are investigating this as a theft from a vehicle. Another vehicle on nearby Cardigan Street was ransacked, but nothing was taken.

“This is the first time something ever happened. I guess there’s a first time for everything,” Lawrence says.

The Lawrence’s did admit they forgot to lock their car doors that night. But they are still hoping the people who got into their car will be caught.

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