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Virginia Beach neighborhood sees rash of home break-ins

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A local neighborhood is on edge after neighbors say they've seen a rash of home and car break-ins that began roughly two weeks ago.

Neighbors in the Cypress Point North neighborhood off Diamond Springs Road say some are coming home to shattered back doors and thousands of dollars worth of items stolen.

One woman who didn't want to be identified tells News 3 thieves stole laptops, iPads and a camera while her family was out two weeks ago. Just down the street on Hickory Ridge, a man told News 3 his back door was shattered on Saturday.

Neighbors believe a group of teenagers is behind the thefts.

"Saw teenagers on bikes in front of the house, door bell rang...Then I heard a knock, a real hard knock, shake of the door," recalls Cindy Rippel of an incident Friday afternoon. "They were getting ready to come up the deck and come to the back door and probably come right through."

Rippel says the teens took off after seeing her in the kitchen calling her husband.

"My husband is gonna go get some cameras. We've updated the lights, the flood lights, the sensor lights," she said.

Rippel says one neighbor took photos and a video of the teens they believe are behind the break-ins, which we're told were posted to Nextdoor.com; a social network the neighborhood uses to communicate.

Virginia Beach Police say they are investigating the incidents and met with residents Monday.

They also tell News 3 five break-ins were reported in Cypress Point North and surrounding neighborhoods on Saturday:

5500 block of Professor Ct.

5300 block of Hickory Ridge

5500 block of Del Park Ct.

5300 block of  Meadowside Dr

5500 block of  Worcester Dr. East