EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCHARLESTON COMMUNITY BREAK-INS
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Break-Ins Spike In Charleston Communities
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Videographer: Aakash Vaghela
Web Producer: Kristin Keeling
Reported: Jan. 8, 2012 6:30 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 8, 2012 6:47 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The South Hills and Kanawha City areas of Charleston are typically safe. But now with a recent theft problem circulating their neighborhoods, those living there and police are determined to catch whoever is behind it.
Charleston police are calling the break-ins "crimes of opportunity"...simply because people are leaving their doors unlocked and the thieves are jumping at the chance to steal whatever they can get.
Within the last month, nearly 30 cars break-ins were reported to police and several burglaries were reported throughout South Hills, upper Kanawha City, and downtown Charleston communities.
Investigators think the thieves are traveling in small packs, but covering large areas.
One neighbor tells Eyewitness News that he was a victim a few years ago, and he wants the thieves caught.
"You know you have to go through the whole rule of canceling cards, getting a new drivers license...everyone loves to go sit at the DMV when you don't have to. It's a real hassle and it's just insane that people would do that," said South Hills resident, Ted Sayler.
If anyone has any information on the break-ins, call Charleston Police at 304-348-6480.
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