Rash of break-ins under investigation

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 14, 2004

Terri Betts got her purse back, with credit cards, blank checks and driver’s license intact.

Her $4,000 laptop computer was untouched.

&uot;We were really blessed,&uot; said Betts, an Olde Mill Creek resident whose car was broken into over the holiday weekend.

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&uot;They found all of our stuff in our neighbor’s driveway, sitting between their cars. Everything was there.&uot;

Betts’ incident was one of 32 car break-ins investigated by Suffolk authorities between Saturday and Monday night, said Sgt. Stephen W. Smith, spokesman for the Suffolk Police Department.

The suspects hit 10 vehicles in the Olde Mill Creek subdivision, 14 in Hillpoint Farm area, eight at the Suffolk National Guard Armory, and two in the Kings Point area.

Police believe Rebecca Ann McMillion, 23, of Chesapeake, who was arrested in the Kings Point area Sunday night, was involved in the other incidents.

To date, McMillion has not been charged with anything related to the Suffolk incidents, Smith said.

&uot;But she and some people associated with her are suspects in our cases,&uot; Smith said.

McMillion was arrested on two outstanding warrants from Virginia Beach, Smith said. Those charges are related to break-ins in that city.

Efforts to reach Don Rimer, a spokesman for Virginia Beach Police Department, on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, Suffolk residents should take more preventative actions.

&uot;You car is not a bank or safety deposit box,&uot; Smith said. &uot;Do not leave cash, credit cards or leave items of value in your vehicle, especially within sight.

&uot;Always lock your doors,&uot; he said. &uot;Don’t make entry easy and undetectable.

&uot;Breaking windows makes noise and requires physical action, which leaves physical evidence.&uot;

That’s advice Betts says she intends to heed.

&uot;I was lax in not locking my doors, that was my problem,&uot; Betts said. &uot;This has certainly made me more aware of things.&uot;