CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A victim of one of the many recent break-ins in Chesterfield’s Salisbury neighborhood said the slap on the wrist given to the teen suspect by the juvenile justice system in Chesterfield was "a slap in the face" to the victims. Because of the brazenness of the break-ins, the victims feel fortunate no one has been seriously hurt.
Surveillance video showed a 14-year-old boy rummaging through people's cars and trucks parked out outside their homes.
In one instance, he appeared to stop for a smoke break.
“If I would've had a weapon in my hand, something closer than it was, I don't know what would've happened," Jeff Musser, who encountered the suspect in his home back on November 13, said.
The teen’s home in Salisbury was recently raided, Crime Insider sources confirmed. Court documents revealed detectives found knives, watches, sunglasses, and even a stolen checkbook in the boy's bedroom.
Crime Insider sources also believe the boy has stolen numerous guns and may be linked to more than two dozen break-ins.
"I can't imagine the freedom these kids have,” said Musser. “Their parents must not be aware of what their kids are doing."
One crime victim said the community was on edge knowing that the only thing holding the boy close to home was an ankle monitor.
That victim believed the numerous felonies the teen was charged with on November 14 should've been enough to keep him in juvenile detention. Documents showed he was released the next day.
The night he was seen on surveillance walking into Jeff Musser's house, he was bold enough to launch himself.
"I confronted him in the bathroom where he was trying to hide,” Musser said. “He wanted to leave and then he tried pushing me, but he's only 115 pounds soaking wet."