ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS 10) – Larcenies are on the rise in Roanoke County.
Police responded to 20 vehicle break-ins in the last month.
While unlocked cars continue to be an issue, police say they’re seeing a new, more disturbing trend. Several windows have been broken while vehicles are parked at businesses in different parts of the county.
While most larceny happens late at night or early in the morning, Roanoke County Sergeant Jeff Johnson said these incidents happened between 5:00 and 7:30 p.m.
“Its not a normal pattern,” Johnson said. “With these instances they’re actually watching the people. Most of (the victims) have been female’s placing their purses under the seat. Not only are they walking away with cash or credit cards but all of the other identifying information.”
Police say to always lock your vehicles and never leave anything valuable inside.
If you have any information on the larcenies, call Roanoke County Police.