Ghent businesses watch for people breaking into cars

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 14 at 6:21 PM

NORFOLK - Business owners in the Ghent section of Norfolk are fighting back against car break-ins. 

“When we see any crimes spiking, we want to make sure we get on it immediately,” Jack Plomgren said.

Plomgrem owns a print shop on Colley Avenue. He says a man broke into three cars behind his shop earlier this year.

“I think he was breaking into cars one at a time, grabbing stuff and then coming back if the coast was clear,” he related.

According to the Ghent Business Association, there have been more than 50 incidents in the area of 20th, 21st and 22nd streets since January.  Most of the crimes are happening between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The owner of Charlie’s Café on Granby St. is also concerned.

“Imagine what all that cost when the little crooks just walk out after 5 p.m. and start cherry picking from vehicles,” said Ted Warren.

Police are warning drivers to not leave any bags or valuables in plain sight and to lock your doors and windows.

Plomgren said businesses owners met with police recently to strategize on ending the crimes.

“Ghent is generally a very safe area,” he stressed.

 

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