PORTSMOUTH -- A little before 3:00 a.m. Wednesday, a patrol officer spotted someone on a bicycle riding through Hodges Manor. Police say he spotted something else: a bolt cutter.
"It's crazy. A woman's out here with a daggone set of bolt cutters, and she's breaking in -- busting in -- to anything," said Greg Mathison.
Police tell 13News Now 43-year-old Kesia Gaskins used the cutters to break into sheds at Mathison's home, as well as sheds at houses of 2 neighbors.
Officers said Gaskins stole tools and at least tried to take Mathison's pressure washer which they found next door to his home.
Detective Jan Clark said the officer who saw Gaskins on the bicycle circled around to talk to her. Gaskins supposedly picked up her pace, then tried to hide in some bushes.
"It's a little bit comical, ain't it? Can you picture her jumping in the bushes with the bolt cutters? I know she ain't gonna be feeling too happy when she goes in front of that judge," Mathison said laughing.
Ironically, Mathison knows a little something about break-ins and judges.
Several years ago, when he was much younger, he was responsible for some burglaries and wound up serving time for them.
"I'll tell you what, that judge, he fixed my hind parts and sent me to the penitentiary, and like I said, I did mine, did almost 10 years, and came home in 2002, and I ain't looked back," offered Mathison, who does a lot of work outdoors now, using some of those tools police said Gaskins took.
"They're out here stealing people's stuff, hardworking folks out here, you know, that work hard for your stuff. They're out here gonna steal that stuff, you know, and probably get next to nothing for it, you know, and it kills a cat that's out here trying to work," Mathison said.
Gaskins, who has an address in the 3700 block of Turnpike Road, faces 5 counts of Destruction of Property, Burglary, Grand Larceny, Attempted Burglary, and Obstruction of Justice.
The homes she is accused of targeting are on Ferry Road and Sequoia Road.