Norwood neighbors team up after car break-ins

Posted at 4:40 PM, Dec 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-01 19:37:15-05

NORWOOD, Ohio -- Residents of a Norwood neighborhood are teaming up and using technology in an effort to help solve local crimes. 

A neighbor contacted Michael Sorrell on Wednesday, letting him know her car had been broken into. He checked his new surveillance cameras.

"Honestly, I was scared," he said. "I mean, where does it stop? They could come into your house if they wanted to."

On the video, Sorrell saw someone trying to get into his car. 

"My heart started racing as soon as I saw that, just knowing that someone tried to get into my car," he said. 

Sorrell turned to Facebook and posted the video on a Norwood community page. 

"Then everyone starting commenting, 'Oh, I've seen this guy walking down the streets in the afternoon with his buddies.' 'My car was broken into too.' 'Let's get this guy,'" Sorrell said.

Sorrell's neighbor wasn't the only victim. Police said there has been a strong of car break-ins in Norwood. Residents reported similar crimes on his street and neighboring blocks.

"It was just overwhelming how many commented on there, wanting justice," he said. 

Sorrell said one person even sent him a link to the Facebook page of a person they suspect could be the thief. He said he forwarded all the information he gathered to police.

"It's not like, 'Oh that happened to you, I don't care,' Sorrell said. "No. We're all in this together. We all want to be able to sleep at night and not have our stuff stolen."