CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Police are investigating whether a crash and abandoned vehicle on Interstate 464 in Chesapeake are related to a suspicious incident reported at a home.
Both incidents involve stolen BMWs, police said. Both cars were recovered by authorities Monday.
On Monday, Chesapeake dispatch received a call at 5:23 p.m. for a possible burglary in the 1000 block of Alexander Lane, Chesapeake Detective D.B. Weir said.
The caller claimed to be a resident who noticed an unfamiliar vehicle in their neighbor’s driveway. The caller then saw the people exit the home carrying items from inside.
Weir said a gray BMW also was removed from the home’s garage and driven off.
An unknown number of people got into a white vehicle in the driveway, and others got into a black BMW, which was not located in the home’s driveway but was nearby.
Police responded and set up a perimeter around the neighborhood for further investigation. An officer in the area observed a black BMW on the Veterans Bridge and initiated a traffic stop, Weir said.
When the officer got out of the car to go up to the BMW, it sped off, Weir said. The officer got back in his vehicle and tried to find the car, but couldn’t.
The black BMW was later found abandoned in a ditch on I-464. State police dispatchers called the incident a crash.
Weir said the black BMW was stolen from Suffolk.
Part of Interstate 464 in Chesapeake was closed as police worked the crash near mile-marker 0.1. The north right lane and exit ramp were closed. The incident was cleared by 5:30 p.m.
Virginia State Police responded to the crash, but Chesapeake Police are handling the investigation.
After police recovered the black BMW, they were able to track down the gray BMW from Alexander Lane, Weir said.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Chesapeake Police.
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