2013-02-27 / Crime Watch


Michael Buettner

Running engines can lead to missing vehicles

Take my vehicle – please.

That seems to be the message some people get when they spot a car or SUV with the engine running and no one inside – something they’re probably seeing a lot these days as residents try to warm up their cars on cold mornings.

It happened to a resident of the Cloverleaf Lake apartments in the 6900 block of Amster Road. His gold 2003 Toyota was stolen around 5:40 a.m. on Feb. 13 after he left it running.

It also happened to a resident of the 8300 block of Friar Tuck Court in the Camelot Forest subdivision. She reported that her tan 2008 Chrysler was stolen around 2 a.m. on Feb. 16 after she left it running in the driveway. The vehicle was later found unoccupied and damaged at another location in the county.

A determined thief, however, doesn’t need to stumble across a vehicle that has the key conveniently placed in the ignition – or even one that’s driveable. An unspecified vehicle was reported stolen on Feb. 18 from outside a unit in the 4600 block of Milfax Road in Ashley Village after the resident left it locked and with a flat tire.

Of course, if you don’t really use your vehicle regularly, you might not miss it very much if it’s gone.

That might explain the experience of a Belfair Townhouses resident, who reported to county police on Feb. 17 that her dark green 2008 Ford SUV had been stolen from her unit in the 3900 block of Bridget Court. She said she learned of the theft when a towing company called to tell her that the vehicle was involved in an accident – in Newport News.

Anyone who has information about these incidents or any other crime is asked to call Crime Solvers at 748-0660. You can also submit a tip at or by texting “WATSON” plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES).

In other crimes:

Cambridge (Devenwood Road) – A resident of the 2300 block returned home around 2 p.m. on Feb. 13 and found his back door propped open and an unspecified number of suspects inside the house. The suspects fled on foot. Cash, electronic devices and miscellaneous items were reported stolen. One stolen item was later found inside the house and another was recovered from one of the suspects.

Cogbill Road – An all-terrain vehicle was reported stolen on Feb. 12 from a home in the 7800 block.

Collington (Hockliffe Lane) – Shots were fired into a home in the 14100 block around 12:15 a.m. on Feb. 16.

Commonwealth Centre Parkway – A suspect was seen committing a lewd act inside a vehicle in a parking lot in the 4800 block around 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 15.

Greenleigh (Stevenhurst Drive) – A resident was walking in the 14000 block around 2 a.m. on Feb. 16 when three unknown suspect(s) attacked him. Cash, clothing, electronics and miscellaneous items were reported stolen. The victim suffered non-lifethreatening injuries.

Meadowdale (Ruthwin Lane) – Three unknown suspects forced their way through the front door into a home in the 3900 block around 8:10 p.m. on Feb. 13. One suspect displayed an assault rifle and demanded money. The suspects stole electronic devices and miscellaneous items, then left in a vehicle. No injuries were reported.

Meadowdale Townhouses (Luckylee Crescent) – A burgundy 1991 Toyota was reported stolen around 2 a.m. from a unit in the 3600 block. The vehicle was later found undamaged within the apartment complex.

Old Creek West (Laughton Drive) – Two trash cans were found on fire at a home in the 6900 block around 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 15. A Chesterfield County Public Schools bus and another vehicle were damaged.

Olde Coach Village (Charrington Drive) – A resident was approached by an unknown suspect in the 1600 block around 1:50 p.m. on Feb. 13. The suspect assaulted the resident and stole cash and miscellaneous items, then left in a waiting vehicle.

Quail Oaks (Brandywine Avenue) – A green Kawasaki dirt bike was reported stolen from a home in the 9700 block on Feb. 15.

Riverdowns (Royal Crest Drive) – Copper pipes were reported stolen on Feb. 13 from a home under construction in the 2700 block.

St. Francis Boulevard – An unknown suspect stabbed a victim after an altercation outside St. Francis Hospital in the 13700 block around 1 a.m. on Feb. 17.

Walton Park (Overcliff Court) – Unknown suspect(s) entered four unlocked vehicles at four homes in the 500 block on Feb. 15. Cash, consumables, electronic devices and miscellaneous items were reported stolen. Some of the missing items were recovered outside one of the homes.

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