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Stay alert for crimes near your home

Three months ago James City County police caught an 18-year-old man who was entering and stealing from unlocked vehicles. He also cut screens and tried to enter houses. My Ring and ADT cameras helped catch him. He has been in jail three months and his six felonies have been sent to a grand jury.

There is another thief who makes his rounds monthly and I have pictures of him trying to open my wife’s car door at 12:35 a.m. on a recent Sunday. A neighbor caught him on Ring Cameras, too.

The man’s hoodie, gloves and facemask make it hard, but not impossible to identify him. This kid eventually will screw up. He activated three sets of lights but still tried to open the car.

Be vigilant, pay attention if your dogs bark. Call the police if you suspect someone.

Stephen Slyfield

James City County

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