Without communication from the victims, police can’t know the extent of the trouble.
This was the message sent by Jarratt Town Councilwoman Melanie Wilson last week during the Town’s monthly meeting, and even though authorities have told her they could be closing in on those responsible for the rash of car break-ins taking place in Jarratt, Wilson said it’s important to share with the police when something has happened.
“They want us to call them,” Wilson said. “They need to know when something is going on.”
Wilson first reported the car break-ins in March, expressing concern over the uptick in incidents where cars were broken into and “gone through,” without, in most cases, anything being taken. Jarratt Mayor Ken Warf added he was concerned such crimes could escalate into violent confrontations between the perpetrators and the victims.
The situation did escalate in the last month, Wilson said, as those committing these break-ins have gone from simply intruding into unlocked cars to employing a “slim jim” to open locked cars to outright smashing windows to enter vehicles.
Wilson herself was victimized very recently, saying she actually tried to grab the robbers herself.
“They got away from me and ran,” Wilson said. “I guess I’m too old to chase after these people.”
The Sussex County Sheriff’s Office responded when Wilson called, and a K-9 search even took place. The investigation, Wilson said, has led to some speculation as to who the perpetrators could be, but no charges have been filed as yet.
Wilson said the situation shows how important it is to keep law enforcement informed.
“I ask everyone in Jarratt, if you have any issues, even if you think it’s nothing, even if nothing has been stolen, please call the law,” Wilson said. “If you just sit back and do nothing, the police won’t be able to catch these people.”