Some Charlottesville Residents on Guard After Break-In

By: Althea Paul
By: Althea Paul

May 29, 2006

The hunt continues for a man accused of breaking into a Charlottesville home and trying to put duct tape over a child's mouth. As police investigate, the residents remain on guard. There were 3 separate incidents all within the same month, and residents aren't taking any chances.

As Alfred Dunivan works on renovating his home along Shelby Drive, he's also working on securing it.

"I bought padlocks for my basement door and my back doors; I've put new locks on them. Yeah, we make sure all the windows and everything is secure, that we never really worried that much about before," said the Charlottesville resident.

This happened after several break-ins and attempted break-ins this month along the 2300 block. The most recent happened Friday when according to Charlottesville Police, a man broke into a home and tried to put duct tape over the mouth of a 12-year-old boy in his bedroom. The suspect took off after the boy woke up and screamed.

"It's really scary. We've had a lot of discussions about it in my household," said Dunivan. "My granddaughter and my grandson spend the nights with us a lot and they're very young, so yeah, that adds to it a lot."

The other incidents happened on the 13th when someone stuck their hand through an open bedroom window in another home and woke up the man inside, and earlier that day another attempt was made at the same house that was broken into on Friday, all surprising to Dunivan.

"We've lived in this particular neighborhood for a couple years now and up till this point it's been a very peaceful place," he added.

It seems that for now that peace has been somewhat shattered, leaving many residents on the lookout.

"If we hear anything outside, we pay a little more attention to it ourselves now," said Dunivan.

There's no word right now on if police believe any of these incidents are linked. They're urging residents to be cautious and to call Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000 if they have any information.

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