Rash of thefts from vehicles: 3 stolen cars in James City neighborhood, police ask residents to lock car doors

Staff Writer

A spree of thefts from unlocked vehicles and three stolen vehicles have led James City police to ask residents to always remember to lock their car doors.

Between Nov. 29 and Nov. 30, the James City County Police Department received 10 reports from residents in two neighborhoods that their cars either were stolen or stolen from, according to department spokeswoman Stephanie Williams.

Among the cars stolen just on Thursday, a 2016 Hyundai with the spare keys left inside it, a silver 2016 Ford Explorer and a light blue 2008 Lexus RX350 left unlocked with the keys inside it, Williams said. All three were taken from outside homes.

So far, only the Hyundai has been found, according to Williams.

Victims who had belongings taken from their cars told police that money, checks, credit cards, iPods, clothing, a camera, and even Christmas decorations were stolen, Williams said.

It is critical for residents to lock up their vehicles when they leave their cars, Williams said.

Between July 1 and Aug. 16, there were 45 reported larcenies from vehicles in James City and York, according to Virginia Gazette archives.

Stolen firearms are one of the greatest concerns for law enforcement officials, Williamsburg Police Department spokesman Maj. Greg Riley said in August.

“That puts a firearm out of the control of the owner, that would always concern us,” Riley said. “The people who are doing this are taking anything of value they can get.”

If you see vehicles fitting the description of the Ford or Lexus, or have any information in connection with the incidents, anonymously call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Roberts can be reached at 757-604-1329, by email at srobertsjr@vagazette.com and on Twitter @SPRobertsJr.

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