Family Victims Of Possible Augusta County Crime Spree

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

The Halland family just welcomed a new baby into their home. Last month, right before new mom Alexis gave birth, one night, after visiting some friends she arrived home to an odd situation.

"I got half way up the driveway and noticed my interior lights were on in my car," she said. "I was like, this is weird. I usually always lock my car."

Alexis checked to make sure she didn't accidentally leave it on when she got a scare that no one in her condition should.

"Next thing you know I hear somebody. I hear footsteps running the other direction. I was nine months pregnant so it scared me pretty well," she said.

Scary when it happens once, But her husband Bryan says this isn't the first time their house has been targeted. His car has been rummaged through. Back in August, their roommate had her car broken into and things stolen.

"It definitely leaves an uneasy feeling no matter where you are," he said. "Especially when you're at home. It's not something that anyone wants to ever think happening or anything like that, let alone have to go through."

The Hallands are victims of just two of the incidents possibly related to at least 40 the Augusta County Sheriffs are aware of.

Neighbors on the Hallands tiny cul-de-sac are now worrying about their own safety.

"If somebody's getting things out of vehicles for whatever pleasure, or if they need money or whatever it is, vandalism, then they're going to continue doing it until they get caught," said Kelly Chetlin, a neighbor two houses from the Hallands. "And who's to say they're not going to escalate to our front doors?"

That's a thought that's been bothering Alexis since that night she arrived home only moments after someone was on her property.

"If it's a dumb criminal, they could have a weapon, and I could have startled them," she said. "That would have been me and my baby's life. That wouldn't have just been some 'Oops, oh I caught you.' It would have been pretty traumatizing."

Augusta County Sheriffs told us that these thefts are taking place in two specific housing developments; in Fishersville just off of Long Meadow Road, and in Stuarts Draft, off of Cold Springs Road.

If you see anything call Crimestoppers at 1-800-322-2017.


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