Only On 10: Chesapeake neighborhood plagued by break-ins thanks police

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – Crime seems to be settling down in one Chesapeake community, and residents are thanking police for fighting it.

On Thursday, only 10 On Your Side was there as neighbors from Western Branch delivered gifts, snacks and cards to the Fourth Precinct.

“Them being there for us, protecting us, is just amazing and you can’t give enough gifts for that,” said Leigh Anne Newsom.

Weeks ago, we reported that Newsom’s home was among 21 burglarized in the neighborhood just in the month of November. Additionally, a woman was reportedly carjacked in her driveway.

But since that report, the community has faced just four break-ins, according to police.

Neighbors told 10 On Your Side that officers are spotted patrolling the area regularly.

“There has been so much presence,” Newsom said. “I feel a lot more secure now knowing there’s a lot less burglaries going on and problems.”

“At all hours of the day and night [police officers have] been driving around,” said Lynn Coates. “We just really appreciate it.”

Likewise, police officers appreciated the abundance of goodies dropped off on Thursday night. More than 40 neighbors got together, offering donations and organizing gift baskets.

“It is amazing, the outpouring from the community is wonderful,” said Ofc. Eric Hayes.

Fellowship, that no criminal can take away, according to Newsom.

“After having the tragedy of being broken into, it just made Christmas much better to see the giving spirit of everyone.”

Police are not releasing any suspect information at this time. The investigation remains active.