PDT Staff Writer
Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware is seeking help from the public in an attempt to solve a rash of car break-ins. Ware said there was a series of car break-ins last week in hilltop neighborhoods.
Thursday Oct. 24 between 2 and 6 a.m. more than 30 cars were damaged or entered in the Circle Drive and Indian Hills areas. On Sunday Oct 27. into the morning of Monday Oct. 28 between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. about a dozen cars were damaged or entered from Kinney’s Lane, Timlin Road, west to the Sunrise Avenue and Ritchie Street areas. More than a dozen cars were damaged or entered Tuesday Oct. 29 through Wednesday Oct. 30 between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. in the Sherman, Orchard, Michigan, Dorman, and Buena Vista areas.
“The biggest thing I’m trying to do is try to get everybody that lives around those neighborhoods to check their video surveillance on those nights,” Ware said. “And if they have someone walking around on their footage, we really want to get a hold of that to see if we can narrow this suspect pool down. These entries have occurred in the early morning hours and entry was gained by breaking out car windows. Valuables were stolen from many of the vehicles. If someone has been victimized, we need to talk to them. If anyone heard or saw anything suspicious, such as barking dogs, unusual noises, or saw someone in their neighborhood, we need to talk to them.”
Ware offered suggestions for people who live in the hilltop area. He said they should turn on the porch and yard lights and leave them on all night. If anyone sees or hears anything suspicious, they should call the Portsmouth Police Department at 740-353-4101. Or they can call the Detective Bureau at 740-354-1600. He cautioned that residents should not engage anyone.
“Even if it’s a deer or a stray animal, it’s OK,” Ware said. “We need to check out suspicious noises.”
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