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Teens charged in thefts from vehicles
By Keith Epps
The Free Lance-Star
Two teenagers who were riding in a vehicle with its lights off early Friday in Spotsylvania have been implicated in a series of thefts from vehicles, police said.
Spotsylvania 1st Sgt. James Konicki said 1st Sgt. Tim Buta was in Salem Fields about 5:30 a.m., and noticed the vehicle creeping through the neighborhood.
It accelerated away at a high rate of speed when Buta turned on his emergency lights, Konicki said, but eventually stopped.
A 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old juvenile were detained, and Konicki said it was determined that they’d been going through vehicles “stealing whatever they could get their hands on.”
Detectives Leonard Short and Adam Johnson took over the investigation and recovered several items that had been reported stolen in recent weeks, including cameras and GPS units.
Other victims were not yet aware that their property had been stolen, Konicki said.
Victor Sanchez Ruiz, 19, is charged with vehicle tampering, credit card larceny, larceny, two counts of conspiracy, identity theft, vandalism and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
He is being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.
The 16-year-old, who police didn’t name because he is a juvenile, is charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, credit card larceny, vehicle tampering, larceny and vandalism. He was placed in the Rappahannock Juvenile Detention Center.
Konicki said the investigation is ongoing.
He said police have received numerous reports of thefts from vehicles in recent weeks. People are reminded to keep their vehicles locked and valuables out of sight.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404