Sheriff's Office Investigating a String of Break-Ins

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

Stanley, Va. -- The Page County Sheriff's Office is investigating more than two dozen breaking and entering cases. They all happened within the past three weeks. The break-ins stretch from Luray to Stanley.

"I think it's crazy, I think it's some kids getting into some stuff that they really shouldn't be getting into," said Michael Miller, who lives in the Deerfield Estates.

People in the neighborhood have lost everything from baseball equipment to phones.

Sheriff John Thomas is working to make sure the break-ins stop. He has identified the suspect's technique. He says they will walk up to a home, knock on the door and if someone answers "they simply say they are looking for directions and they leave. If no one answers, then they find an entrance and enter the building," said Sheriff Thomas.

"I've heard there's phones and wallets stolen out of cars. People checking into other people's windows like peeping toms," said Miller.

Sheriff Thomas says he is narrowing in on the suspects that may be responsible for stealing the nearly $70,000 worth of items.

"But we need that one good tip from the public to allow us to make these arrests," said Sheriff Thomas.

He's asking that neighborhoods hit by break-ins, form neighborhood watches.

"A good neighborhood watch program can do away with a lot of what we're experiencing now," said Sheriff Thomas.

That and people should take precautions on their own. He's calling for people to lock their car doors and homes. He also wants people to keep a look out for suspicious individuals and cars.

Sheriff Thomas says no injuries have been reported as a result of the recent break-ins.

Crime Solvers is offering a reward up to $1,000 for any information regarding the recent breaking and entering cases.

That number is (540) 743-3272.

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