Winchester Police are reminding local residents to not leave valuables in plain sight inside their car, after reports of smash-and-grabs. Six victims have reported having their wallet or purses taken from their vehicles. All of the vehicles were parked in public parking lots and many were in the area of Jim Barnett Park. The incidents occurred on the following days and in these locations:
- April 12th – 1000 block of East Cork Street between 12:40 and 3 p.m. Passenger’s side front window was smashed and a purse that was sitting on the passenger seat was taken.
- April 12th – Parking Lot of Student Athletic Center between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Passenger’s side front window was smashed and a purse that was sitting on the passenger seat was taken.
- April 12th – 700 block of University Drive between 1 and 3:30 p.m. Passenger’s side rear window was smashed and a purse on the floor behind the front passenger seat was taken.
- April 12th – Lowery Drive and University Drive between 2:10 and 2:30 p.m. Driver side front window was left down. Purse was taken.
- April 12th – 1000 block of East Cork Street between 12:30 and 6 p.m. Sunroof was left open and windows were left open a bit. A wallet was taken.
- April 13th – First block of Weems Lane between 4:45 and 9:30 p.m. Passenger side window was broken out and wallet on passenger seat was taken.
These are crimes of opportunity in which residents are leaving tempting items in their car, in view of passersby. Residents can discourage such incidents by taking their purse and wallet out of the car, not leaving belongings visible inside the car, locking car doors and rolling up windows, and staying aware of their surroundings and reporting any suspicious activity to police.
Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS. Individuals who are able to provide information that leads to an arrest in these cases could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.