Newport News man’s surveillance video captures stranger going through car

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Residents on Carolyn Drive hope police can find the thief — or thieves — who rummaged through vehicles this week.

Mike Crain reached out to 10 On Your Side after surveillance cameras around his home captured a stranger approaching his BMW.

Around 3:30 a.m. Monday, the stranger is seen entering the car and sitting down. Crain saw the footage around 6 a.m., and walked outside to inspect.

“He opened the glove box, ransacked that and threw everything in the passenger seat. He opened the center console and threw the things out of that,” Crain said. “I’m hoping the report leads to an arrest.”

Crain said he had valuables inside, but only a stash of quarters was taken.

Down the street, others told 10 On Your Side that they fell victim, too.

Off-camera, one woman said cash wash taken from her car and her mother’s vehicle. Their wallets were later found tossed around the neighborhood.

Resident Melanie Woods said nothing, fortunately, was taken from her vehicle, but someone got inside.

“You just feel violated,” she said. “It makes you mad.”

She said her vehicle was unlocked. But Crain told 10 On Your Side that his vehicle self-locks, so there’s no way it was open. He believes the thief used technology to get inside. He’s beefing up security.

“I have now ordered motion sensors to put out here so that it will set off an alarm in the house if someone was out here.”

Neighbors said it’s discouraging to have this happen days before Thanksgiving.

“It’s holidays,” Woods said. “That’s when people are looking… are desperate.”

Police are investigating the thefts. Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.