CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A man has been arrested after he was caught breaking into a Virginia home in broad daylight. Police say it happened on Meadowdale Boulevard near Lawnwood Drive.
Media General contributor Parker Slaybaugh was the only reporter on scene when police found the man and took him into custody.
Neighbors say they saw the man break in while the homeowners were at work. The residents say they were told the man was not easy to find.
“They searched the whole house and two, three hours later they was able to find him hiding up in the attic,” said Annette Watson, who lives in the home that was broken into.
“They searched the whole house and two, three hours later they was able to find him hiding up in the attic.” — homeowner Annette Watson
Contributors learned a police K-9 was responsible for sniffing out the man’s hiding place.
It all started when a neighbor walked outside to let her dogs out and looked next door to see someone who looked like they didn’t belong, so she called 911.
“He had went right through the window, and I saw his feet just went in and he shut the window and I said, ‘he ain’t come out,’ and I stayed on the phone the whole time until the police showed up,” explained Maureen Chaita, the neighbor who called 911.
Police say other homes in the same neighborhood were also broken into on Tuesday. Watson said the burglar who broke into her home wasn’t too smart about his heist, because right outside of the window he climbed in they found a major clue.
“He left his wallet with his ID, his medicare, medicaid card, credit card, everything … He left it right at the window he climbed in,” Watson said.
Watson is now thankful her neighbor was looking out for her home.
“I gave her a big hug, I told her I loved her, you know anybody else, sometimes people don’t want to get involved,” Watson said.
Police say they fear others may find their home has been broken into in this neighborhood as they return home from work. If that has happened to you or if you know anything about this crime you are asked to call Chesterfield Police.