VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Police say that all vehicle, except the 2007 Silver Lincoln MKX, NC EDT684, have been recovered. The Lincoln was stolen from the 1800 block of Scarlotti Court.
Police say five suspects accused of breaking into 23 vehicles and stealing five more, all in the Red Mill/Strawbridge area, early Thursday morning.
The suspects were caught on surveillance video using a credit card that was stolen from one of the vehicles. The card was used at the 7-Eleven in the 1200 block of Oceana Boulevard around 4:30 a.m. early Friday morning.
Surveillance video shows the suspects in the 2200 block of Spring Run Court around 1:50 a.m., checking for unlocked car doors. Police believe they were driving a 2008 Blue Ford Edge stolen from the 1200 block of Warner Hall Drive.
Thursday afternoon, police said they recovered a 2003 Gray Toyota Sequoia stolen from Spring Run Court. A vehicle stolen from Bierce Drive was also found.
Neighbors living in the community say they were shocked to find their cars ransacked this morning.
“Everything was open. It was all disheveled, even took the napkins out of the napkin holder in the visor,” said Bob Ruger.
Ruger says he does not know how someone was able to get into his car and others in the community.
“We just lock them. We have alarms on them. They got into mine somehow and my neighbors across the street,” Ruger said.
Virginia Beach police Officer Tonya Pierce wants those committing the crime to know the severity of their actions, especially if they’re teens.
“It’s very serious, looking at items, looking at value. A stolen car is a felony,” she said.
Pierce says car larcenies are crimes of opportunity and residents should always take precautions.
“Lock your doors and double check that you locked your car doors,” Pierce said.
Pierce says it’s also up to neighbors to look out for each other by remaining vigilant.
“Be aware of your neighborhood. Know your neighbors. Get to know your neighbors. If you see someone who doesn’t belong in your neighborhood, question that,” Pierce said.
If you have any information about these crimes, you’re asked to call 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.