Reporter: Lauren Compton l Videographer: Ira Quillen
Bedford, VA - Bedford Police are on the lookout for some thieves targeting a neighborhood for lawn equipment. Investigators say this has been going on for about a month, and residents there say the thieves got a little too close for comfort.
Most residents off the small trailer community on Dean Drive keep to themselves, but now they have some regular uninvited visitors.
"I kind of feel like someone is stalking us. I feel like they know our schedule, because I come in one morning from work then it was gone," said Amber McKinney.
McKinney had just shelled out $80 for her new weed eater when thieves stole it.
"We usually stick it out it under the trailer, but this time we didn't because were in a hurry. Someone took it now," said McKinney.
In the past month, Bedford Police say a lawn mower and two weed eaters have been stolen from this community. Like McKinney's weed eater, several of the items stolen on Dean Drive were in plain sight, and police are now encouraging residents to be more proactive about securing their lawn equipment.
"Lock your stuff up. Keep it out of sight out of mind. If you have a lock on your shed keep it put up. Reduce the temptation for someone to take something where they can sell it for easy money," said Captain Jim Bennett with the Bedford Police Department.
Residents say they are most concerned with how close the thieves came to their homes. McKinney says the thieves stole her weed eater from her front porch right next to her door.
"We're really worried for our children. A lot of us here have kids. And, that's a big concern for us. We have to take care of our children at all cost," said McKinney.
Police say they do have a few leads in this case. If you know anything about these thefts, they ask that you call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-798-5900.