Petersburg mother of 3 felt ‘targeted’ by overnight robber

Posted at 12:55 AM, Jun 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-26 00:55:34-04

 PETERSBURG, Va. -- An overnight break-in has a mother of three fearing for her life.

“I feel like because where we live, they don't take it as serious,” said the mother who wished to remain unidentified. “We're people too.”

We're concealing her identity because she's a victim of a crime.

These are the pictures of the damage left behind.

She said she jumped up and yelled and the thief ran out.

“And just left my front door wide open,” said the victim.

"The police asked me did anything look missing,’ she said. “And that's when we saw the X-box at the bottom of the stairs because he got scared and dropped it.”

She said the robber got away with four pairs of her son's sneakers.

"And then, today's his birthday,” she said. “So, it's kind of sad."

To make matters worse, the mother told CBS 6 that management has an after hours number to call in an emergency.  But wonders why it took them four hours to respond.

"They said it wasn't their job and it's not a 24 hour service for them to come out here and cater to our emergency needs,” she said.

“It made me feel very unprotected,” added the mother.

She also requested from management to be relocated.

"They told me I would have to fill out paperwork and get approved for that,” she said. “And my reason had to make sense -- but that didn’t make sense to me at all because they already know my reason.”

We were told to leave the property when we went to the leasing office to get answers.

We did.  A few hours later, the President of TM Associates, who manages the property, returned my call.

Lester Savere admitted it took maintenance longer than expected to respond. And says he will monitor all emergency calls going forward.

The victim says she’s lived at the Petersburg East Apartments for three years.

And believes she was targeted.  She told CBS 6, she plans to move out next month.



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