Authorities investigating ‘large volume’ of vehicle break-ins in Isle of Wight

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — Authorities are investigating a “large volume” of early morning vehicle break-ins reported in Isle of Wight County.

The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post Tuesday that the break-ins happened in Carrollton and Smithfield. Deputies have taken reports of at least 30 cars that were broken into in the neighborhoods of Gatling Pointe South, Woodbridge and Eagle Harbor Apartments.

“It just blows my mind that someone would want to do something like that,” said 16-year-old victim Megan Harrell. “It’s actually pretty terrifying considering that I’ve lived in this neighborhood since I was born and we’ve never had this type of situation before.”

Harrell was just about to head to school when she found out something wasn’t right.

“This door was open and the console was open,” Harrell said.

The worst part for the competitive dancer was what was taken out of the back seat.

“The bag was laying back here on the back seat,” she added.

It was full of dance shoes — worth about $1,000.

“These neighborhoods they said they were breaking into they sounded pretty safe in my opinion,” Harrell said.

The sheriff’s office says electronic items including laptops, iPods, GPS units and other similar items were taken in the break-ins. Deputies say most of the victims say their doors were locked.

“There are some victims who say, ‘Shame on me, I left my car unlocked during the night and I know better,’” said Lieutenant Tommy Potter with the Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office.  “The vast majority of these homeowners I talked with say their cars were locked, so it’s a mystery to us that if all of these cars were locked how are people gaining entry into these vehicles.”

Authorities are asking for any surveillance footage residents may have of the break-ins. Call the sheriff’s office at 757-357-2151 if you know anything or have security video.