Natatia Bledsoe is the public information officer for the Fredericksburg Police Department.
Suspect in multiple larcenies arrested
On December 29, a resident on Posey Lane and a resident on Wilcox Avenue, both located in the Idlewild neighborhood, reported that their wallets and other items of value had been stolen from their vehicles during the preceding overnight hours. One of the victims reviewed his credit card account online and noted that his stolen card had been used at various City businesses, including three times at Nader’s Grocery on Caroline Street. Around 8:00 pm last night, the victim went to Nader’s in an attempt to gain information on the person who was fraudulently using his card. While the victim was speaking to a Nader’s employee at the counter, the employee pointed to a male subject entering the store and told the victim “That’s him”.
The victim confronted the suspect and the two men briefly scuffled as the victim attempted to retrieve his property. The suspect broke free and ran from the store, then fled from the area in a four-door Lexus. An officer who was stationary on Kenmore Avenue observed the Lexus approaching without its headlights on and weaving in the travel lane; the officer stopped the vehicle at the intersection of George and Prince Edward Streets and detained the driver without incident. During a consented search of the vehicle and the driver, the officer recovered numerous electronic items, credit cards, and wallets, including those that had been reported stolen from the victims in Idlewild. In addition, a number of smoking devices, K2 “Spice” packs, and bottles of beer were found inside the car.
Dustin Portell, 19, of no fixed address was arrested for multiple counts of possession of stolen property, possession of marijuana, and underage possession of alcohol. Portell has also been connected with a large number of larceny cases in Fredericksburg and Stafford County, and additional charges are expected. Portell was incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond. The investigation is ongoing.