Neighbors On Alert After Break-Ins

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office said there have been more than a dozen break-ins since Jan. 1.

April Deeds Wallace, 24, as well as 20 year-old Beth Ann Deeds, 20, both from Fulks Run, are facing charges for these break-ins.

Deeds Wallace has a criminal history as she was charged with selling stolen property in October 2013.

Her sentence was suspended in that case; however, now she and her sister face more charges and neighbors in this area are making changes to stay safe.

"To go and steal things that don't belong to you. What's up with, you know that's terrible," said Diane Horst, who lives off of Erickson Avenue, one of the areas deputies said the sisters targeted.

As she learned about Deeds Wallace's past, she wondered why she didn't stay behind bars.

"That's too bad. She shouldn't have been out," said Horst.

Now Horst doesn't plan to leave any of her doors unlocked, like she used to for friends.

"We're locking up good, we're getting security put in our house and some things like that that we thought we'd never have to do," said Horst.

Sharon Branum said someone tried to break into her neighbor's home, who lives off of Wengers Mill Road.

"Kinda scary I mean to think that it's you know, so close home. We've never had anything like that in the past," said Branum, who put curtains in her basement because of it. "We'll go out and we'll walk around sometimes our perimeter just to make sure you know, that nothing's been bothered or disturbed."

Deputies say the women took jewelry, cash, prescription drugs, gaming systems, purses as well as family heirlooms.

"I hope those things are recovered for the family's sake," said Horst.

Deeds Wallace also has a history of drug charges.

As neighbors keep an eye out for each other, some question if things will change.

"People that do drugs, they're waiting to get that next high and so they'll steal to get what they want," said Horst.

In the warrant, an investigator states April deeds pawned many pieces of jewelry and the original owner was able to identify the stolen items.

The sheriff's office says one of the break-ins happened just a few days ago.


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