2009-04-01 / Crime Watch

"Salesmen" not what they seemed

Gwen Sadler

"Salesmen" not what they seemed

A Matoaca woman learned to keep her doors closed and locked to keep out unwanted solicitors, or those who say that's what they are.

Sometime before 4:30 p.m. on the afternoon of March 19, a white male walked into the woman's home in the 21300 block of West Street through an open door. He told her he was going into business and wanted to talk to her about selling her some flooring.

At that point, a second white man walked into the house through the same door, carrying flooring materials. After chatting for a few minutes, the two men hastily left the house. Once they were gone, the woman discovered cash and jewelry were missing.

Anyone with information about this crime should call police at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660, or text the code tip699 with the tip and send to 274637 (CRIMES). Tipsters may also visit to report information anonymously online.

In other crimes:

Bessie Lane. Between 7 p.m. on March 22 and 9 a.m. on March 23, someone broke into a storage shed behind Jeff's Place, a restaurant in the 20700 block, and stole food from two freezers.

Chester Road. Between 7 p.m. on Jan. 5 and noon on Feb. 14, someone broke into a residential garage in the 10900 block and stole guns and other property.

Dunkirk Drive. Between 10 a.m. on March 14 and 8 a.m. on March 15, someone broke into a vehicle parked in the 4600 block and stole firearms, money and other property.

E. Hundred Road. Between 4 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. on March 23, someone broke into Salem Brothers, a convenience store in the 2700 block, and took cash from both the register and a safe. The store's alarm was deactivated, and no signs of forced entry were found.

Gloucestershire Street. Between 9 p.m. on March 16 and 9 a.m. on March 17, someone broke out the passenger-side window of a car parked in the 4100 block and stole a purse from inside.

Hull Street Road. At about 2:30 a.m. on March 16, someone in a car pulled alongside a victim walking in the 6700 block, got out of the vehicle, stole money, electronics and other t property from the pedestrian, then got back into the vehicle and drove away. 

Jefferson Davis Highway. Just before 1 p.m. on March 19, someone stole consumable goods from a Brown Distributing Company delivery truck parked in the 7900 block. A door had been left open.

• At about 11:50 a.m. on March 17, someone stole a handgun from an unlocked vehicle parked in the Wawa lot in the 11700 block.

Marina Drive. Between 11:30 p.m. on March 22 and 8:40 a.m. on March 23, someone broke into several locked vehicles parked in the 2500 block at Falling Creek Apartments and stole clothing, jewelry, electronics and other property.

Parrish Branch Road. Between 3 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. on March 17, someone stole a scooter from the yard of a residence in the 4900 block. The front end of the scooter had been locked, and the owner had the key. Marks were found in the yard where the thief dragged the scooter away.

Queen Elizabeth Avenue. Between 3 p.m. on March 15 and 2:15 p.m. on March 23, someone entered an enclosed storage space at the rear of a home in the 1700 block and stole electronics and other property. Someone also went into the crawlspace under the house and cut a cable for the home's alarm system.

Squire Hill Court. Between 9:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. on March 23, someone broke into a home in the 4100 block at the Squire Hill Apartments and stole guns, money and electronics.

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