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Last month a string of break-ins struck Beaverdam.
There were four break-ins and three “attempted break-ins” that all occurred during the daytime on the weekend.
“It’s unusual to have so many during the weekends,” said Lt. Chris R. Whitley of the Hanover Sheriff’s Office.
In all cases the suspect or suspects entered the houses through a window. Most of the items stolen were jewelry and prescription medicine, Whitley said.
Stealing prescription medicine has become a “recent trend” because of the increased costs of medications, he added.
In response to the slue of break-ins, the Sheriff’s Office has targeted the Beaverdam area with more officers.
Community residents organized a meeting with the Sheriff’s Office where 80 citizens gathered to learn about the recent break-ins in their neighborhoods.
“Citizens were upset that the Sheriff’s Office did not notify us about the rash of break-ins by email or the newspaper,” said Corinne Dixon, a concerned resident and meeting organizer.
Dixon said the Sheriff’s Office representatives told residents that most of the incidents occurred between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking all residents to immediately report any suspicious activity they observe. Contact the Sheriff’s Office by calling (804)365-6140.