Police investigating local vehicle, mailbox break-ins

The Front Royal Police Department is seeking help investigating a surge of thefts from mailboxes and vehicles from over the past week.

Robbie Seal, a community resource officer for the department, said items have been stolen from mailboxes and vehicles – both locked and unlocked. Those cars have been in driveways and residential streets.

He said the department has no suspects at this time.

“We are still looking for the three suspects,” he said. “We don’t have anybody at this point, and we’re asking for the public’s help.”

As of Tuesday, the suspect or suspects have entered four vehicles and 15 mailboxes.

According to a news release, most the vehicle activity has occurred at night in the areas of Royal Lane and Jamestown Road. The mail thefts occurred in the Vaught Subdivison off of Happy Creek Road.

While Seal said he cannot be certain, he believes the break ins are connected, given their timing and general pattern.

Likewise, he said it’s probably no coincidence the thefts come around Christmastime. He said the financial pressure of the holiday season often leads to waivers in judgment.

“I don’t think it’s necessarily specific to the holiday season, but we take it into consideration,” he said. “It’s not abnormal for criminal activity to become elevated during the holiday season.”

According to Lt. Joshua Seal of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, the thefts have been contained within the town and have not spread into the county.

Robbie Seal asked anyone with tips on the break-ins to call the department’s general line at 540-635-2111.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com.