CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -
A series of car break-ins surfaced around Charlottesville and the University of Virginia Thursday night.
Though the cases were scattered, one neighborhood was hit pretty hard.
Len Schoppa woke up Friday morning to find his car's driver's side window smashed in and glass scattered all over the ground.
“There were already police on the scene when I came outside,” he said. “Neighbors were coming out of their houses up and down the street and examining their cars and discovering various things wrong.”
Schoppa's car was one of 11 parked on Westwood Road in Charlottesville vandalized late Thursday night.
“Several people had the locks drilled out of the front door handle. I'd never seen that kind of vandalism before,” Schoppa said.
Charlottesville police say several purses and electronic devices were snatched during the break-ins.
“Those are quick ticket items that are very easily turned on the street,” said Lt. Ronnie Roberts with the Charlottesville Police Department. “The bottom line is: don't leave your electronic equipment inside the automobile.”
One car was also stolen from the neighborhood, but police say they found it abandoned in the eastern part of Albemarle County Friday night.
“Albemarle County Police Department recovered the automobile and our investigators are continuing to work the case as developments come through,” Roberts said.
Developments that will hopefully lead to answers for Schoppa's neighborhood.
“I think it's mostly it's a nuisance because you have to take the time to call up the insurance and take your car in to have it repaired,” Schoppa said.
University of Virginia police confirm three cars were broken into sometime Thursday into Friday in the Lambeth Field parking lot off Emmett Street.
They say a GPS was the only item reported stolen.
Charlottesville police say it's too early in the investigation to determine whether these crimes are linked, but there are similarities.
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