VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Nearly one month ago, dozens of units at the Waypoint at Lynnhaven apartment complex flooded during Hurricane Matthew.
Then, repair crews discovered asbestos and the apartment management began terminating leases. Now, former residents say belongings they left behind have disappeared. From jewelry to guns, police are investigating at least 17 reports with losses totaling more than $40,000.
Lonell Hayes, a former Waypoint resident, says he has very few items left after the complex terminated his lease.
“We sit back and kind of lean on each other for support,” Hayes said. “We have three bags of pots and pans, dishes and a birdcage… We are starting all over.”
Hayes says apartment officials told him and his neighbors to get out by Oct. 10. When he came back the next day, he says employees from the apartment told him he couldn’t go back inside because of asbestos issues.
“I kept calling everyday. Each day they said not today, not today. They didn’t know when,” Hayes said.
About a week later, Hayes found items from inside his unit were missing — including two guns.
“We’ve seen over 100, 150 people up in here,” Hayes said. “They were just going to different townhouses without any supervision and packing up people’s stuff.”
Karen Widmayer, a spokeswoman for Waypoint, says the company is “aware of the complaints and accusations.” She would not say if Waypoint removed anything from the units or tossed items in the trash. Widmayer says residents with missing items are being told to file a police report.
Virginia Beach police could not be reached for comment Friday about resident complaints.