January 30th, 2013, 3:20 pm
Two charged in city vehicle thefts
By KEITH EPPS
Thanks to an alert neighbor, two men were arrested early Wednesday in connection with a series of larcenies from vehicles in Fredericksburg, police said
A third man ran when he saw police and had not been identified as of Wednesday evening.
City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said an officer went to the 800 block of Marye Street about 2:30 a.m. after a resident reported suspicious activity in the area. The woman saw men walking down the street shining flashlights into vehicles, then saw one of them go into a vehicle belonging to her neighbor that was parked in front of the caller’s house.
An officer saw three men walking in the area and one of them immediately ran away. The officer detained the other two; one of them threw a bag of marijuana and a pair of women’s gloves onto the grass next to the sidewalk.
Both men had pockets full of change along with an iPod, a GPS, compact discs and other items.
The iPod was returned to its owner, a resident on Marye Street, and a zippered binder was also returned to it’s owner. Police still have other property that is unclaimed.
Edward Washington, 45, and Micheal Washington, 50, of Fredericksburg were both charged with public intoxication. Michael Washington was also charged with felony larceny, while Edward Washington was also charged with possession of marijuana.
Both were placed in the Rappahannock Regional, Michael under a $1,000 bond and Edward under no bond. Bledsoe said the men are related, but police aren’t sure of the relationship.
City police have had numerous thefts from mostly unlocked vehicles in recent months, including at least three Tuesday night. Other localities, including Stafford and Spotsylvania, have experienced numerous similar thefts.
City police are asking anyone who has been the victim of an unreported theft from a vehicle—particularly in the areas near Maury Stadium, the University of Mary Washington and downtown—to call Detective Doug Perkins at540-654-5758. The investigation is ongoing.