More than 20 vintage TVs left on neighborhood front porches: ‘It’s so weird’

Posted at 7:40 PM, Aug 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-24 21:40:21-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. - A Virginia neighborhood woke up to find dozens of vintage box television sets sitting on their front porches.

The bizarre discoveries were made by families in the Grey Oaks subdivision in Glen Allen on Thursday morning.

"I was leaving for work this morning and I go out the garage door. As I pass through it looked like I had a package on the front door," Robyn Schorr told WTVR. "I told my husband to get the package off the front door."

Schorr's husband instead found a Toshiba FST Black Stripe television dated February 1986 sitting outside of their front door.

Robyn Schorr

"He took a picture of it and sent it to me and said, 'Amazon must be getting lazy. Where did you want this?'" Schorr said. "It looks like a TV from back to the future."

Schorr posted the picture on a Grey Oaks neighborhood discussion page where she found out she wasn't the only victim.

"Apparently down the road they have lots of TVs delivered to their houses," she stated. "People were calling them Trojan horses saying 'Don’t put them inside your house. Who knows what can happen.'"

Thursday afternoon, WTVR found half a dozen vintage box televisions sitting on front porches along Wescott Landing Court.

"I'm not really sure what would motivate someone would do it," said Shelley Parker, who found a television on her steps. "It takes effort to lift those. They aren’t little light flat screen TVs."

Neighbors estimated more than 20 vintage televisions were left at homes throughout their neighborhood.

Shelley Parker

Henrico Police said they had receive several calls regarding the abandoned televisions and are looking into the circumstances surrounding why they were left.

However, it remains unclear whether a crime had been committed.

"It would be difficult to discuss criminal charges without knowing the intent for leaving them there," said a police spokesperson in an email.

Schorr hoped whoever dropped off the televisions would come forward.

"I'd like to know who did it. If it’s a prank it’s random and kind of weird," she stated. "It’s weird, it’s so weird."