Rash of Thefts in Augusta County

By: Meg Gatto Email
By: Meg Gatto Email

A rash of burglaries has been reported in Augusta County and Waynesboro in the past few weeks.

Authorities say homes are targeted for new, expensive items usually received over the holidays around this time of the year.

Thieves allegedly took two high definition televisions and a laptop from a home on Barterbrook Road in Staunton on Monday.

Waynesboro Police Sgt. Kelly Walker says this sort of crime isn't uncommon this time of year.

He says, "There’s someone out there if you're willing to give them an opportunity, which most property crimes are opportunities, to take what isn't bolted down or behind a locked door."

So Walker suggests taking steps to prevent becoming a victim. This means keeping valuables away from windows and making sure your home is locked at all times.

Walker suggests, "When you have expensive or high tech pieces of equipment or gifts that you've gotten, you need to protect them."

Authorities are trying to figure out who is behind all of the burglaries. To do that, they need to figure out why homes and businesses are being hit.

Walker says, "At that moment, they need the money for something, whether it's drugs or rent money or pay somebody off that they owe a debt to, whatever the case. There’s usually a motive for why they need the money or the good at that particular time."

Another tip to protect your property is to not keep items like credit cards or debit cards in plain view in your home. That way, if your home is burglarized, your financial information would be harder to obtain.

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