POINT PLEASANT — A series of vehicle break-ins have been occurring in Point Pleasant and have police officers asking for information.
Point Pleasant Police Chief Joe Veith said reports of the break-ins started emerging last week, with four in one night. He said they have continued since then and are mainly contained to neighborhoods north of 22nd Street.
Veith said all the break-ins have involved vehicles which were unlocked with thieves rummaging through them, so far taking items like loose change, a jacket, even keys to a vehicle that they left parked. Veith said no major items have been stolen at this point and the motive for the break-ins is unknown.
Veith is concerned these types of incidents could escalate, or turn into a situation where the thieves become “a little braver” and start looking at homes or assessing other items of value. This is why it’s important for anyone who feels they have information on these incidents or has had their vehicle broken into, to call and file a report. Veith said this creates a paper trail and assists officers in determining a culprit(s) and any prosecution that could follow.
The police department does have surveillance images of three individuals in hoodies in the Burdette Addition area, appearing near a vehicle, which was turned into officers by a resident, Veith said.
As for where the vehicles have been broken into, Veith said in addition to Burdette Addition (which is only slightly out of the city limits), there have been reports of vehicle break-ins on English Road, Meadowbrook Drive, 30th Street and Mossman Circle. A resident living in Mossman Circle, reported hearing their dog barking around 4 a.m. and observing two suspects in hoddies around their vehicle. This resident called 911, though the suspects were able to get away with officers only two minutes away upon being dispatched.
In addition to asking for information, Veith is urging residents to lock their vehicles and remove anything of value.
“Hopefully, we can put a stop to it before someone does get hurt,” Veith said.
Call the Point PD at 304-675-1104 or 911 if you see something suspicious happening or have information about these incidents.
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