A recent string of vehicle break-ins around the City of Richmond Hill leave citizens a bit concerned. Last night marks almost the fourth straight night of confirmed reports.
Just some of the neighborhoods that have been impacted are Creekside, Sterling Links, White Oak, and Piercefield. One resident in Richmond Place also reported their 2008 Toyota Tundra was stolen right out of their driveway last night. All of these neighborhoods are inside the Richmond Hill city limits.
After speaking with several victims, it appears the thieves are targeting vehicles that are left unlocked overnight, possibly even going house-to-house checking each door handle.
One victim said, “I would like to see the police department add an extra shift during times like this when recurring crime is happening. They have been hitting neighborhoods the same time each night. If RHPD adds another shift worth of officers there is more of a presence and a greater chance these fools can be caught.”
According to a WTOC story back on August 26th, Lt. Sykes of the Richmond Hill Police Department reported only 19 break-ins up until that date in 2019 compared to over 100 in all of 2018.
We spoke with Richmond Hill City Manager, Chris Lovell, and he told us the police department is currently investigating these reports. They do have some leads that they are following up with. Lovell continued by saying they will be adding an extra shift as we get closer to the holiday season.
Police Chief Mitch Shores could not be reached for comment.