Two Virginia men were charged last week for alleged burglaries that occurred over the summer. The two arrests reportedly were made following an investigation into an alleged multi-county burglary spree. The two new arrests bring to five the number of men charged with committing a string of burglaries across 14 separate counties in Virginia.
In October, a deputy in Powhatan County saw a vehicle parked behind an auto repair shop off Route 60. The deputy claims that the vehicle was suspicious, although what raised the deputy's suspicions over the parked vehicle is not clear from a recent news report.
The deputy says that an investigation of the parked vehicle later led to the arrests of three men. All three men are from Henrico, Virginia and authorities say that the deputy's suspicion over the parked vehicle led to the recovery of items that were allegedly stolen during burglaries in seven separate counties in Virginia. Most of the recovered items were stolen from auto repair shops, according to authorities.
Law enforcement continued to investigate the alleged multi-county burglary spree, and obtained search warrants recently to look for additional evidence. As a result of the new search warrants, a 26 year-old Henrico man and a 30-year-old resident of Richmond, Virginia were arrested last week.
Authorities accuse the Henrico man of a burglary in King and Queen County in August. The Richmond man is accused of a September Burglary in Cumberland County. However, police claim that all five men can be linked together in the alleged 14 county spree.
Three men in their 20s were charged in October with attempted breaking and entering, conspiracy to commit a felony, and possession of burglary tools. While authorities claim that the string of incidents primarily occurred at auto repair shops, police suspect the men of other types of burglaries. Authorities say that the quintet may be linked to at least one residential burglary, and break-ins at other types of businesses in Virginia, other than auto garages.
All five have been jailed and await court appearances on the alleged burglary allegations.
Source: Powhatan Today, "More arrests made in multi-county burglary spree," Emily Darrell, Nov. 26, 2012