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Spotsylvania makes arrests in vehicle thefts

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Richard Michael Brown

Matthew Lee Truslow


Two men and a juvenile have been arrested in connection with a string of vehicle break ins and the theft of a car in Spotsylvania County, police said Wednesday.

Capt. Jeff Pearce of the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office said the suspects were taken into custody Tuesday night. They face charges stemming from more than 30 vehicle break-ins in the Fawn lake, Fox Chase and Lake Wilderness areas and the theft of a car.

Pearce identified the men as Matthew Lee Truslow, 22, and Richard Michael Brown, 21, both of Spotsylvania County. A 17-year-old juvenile involved in the case was released to parents.

They are facing multiple counts of breaking into a vehicle, larceny from a vehicle, grand larceny, possession of a firearm after being convicted felons, conspiracy, and auto theft.

Pearce said detectives have linked them to the thefts. A large amount of property was recovered and detectives will comb through the items to try to identify owners and return the property.

“This is the third larceny ring that our detectives and patrol deputies have dismantled in the last two months,” Sheriff Roger Harris said. “Our deputies take this type of crime very seriously and we have spent long hours investigating these criminal activities and uncovering the identities of the suspects.”

Earlier this month, two teenagers from Fredericksburg were charged in a Feb. 3 residential burglary in the Cedar Ridge Drive area of Spotsylvania, where more than a dozen firearms were stolen.

Three of the weapons have been recovered.

Last month, a random traffic stop led to three arrests that police believe are connected to nearly 70 vehicle break-ins in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties.

A Spotsylvania patrol deputy, who stopped a vehicle on Jan. 31 for a traffic infraction, noticed some suspicious items in the vehicle, Pearce said.

Detectives were called in to investigate and they determined the property had been stolen during a string of vehicle larcenies in seven area subdivisions, he said.

Recent vehicle break-ins had been reported in the Fox Point, Crown Grant, Lee’s Parke, Hamilton’s Crossing, Lee’s Crossing, Pelham’s

Crossing and Parkwood subdivisions in Spotsylvania, Pearce said.

Most of the vehicles targeted had the doors unlocked, he noted. Neighborhoods in the city and Stafford were not identified.

In that case, Eugene Evans Jr., 18, of no fixed address, Antoneio M. Chapman, 19, of King George County, and Deandre Rice, 22, unknown address, are charged with possession of stolen property with the intent to sell, grand larceny, petit larceny, receiving stolen goods

and conspiracy.

A March 20 court date is scheduled in Spotsylvania County General District Court.

A juvenile is also being questioned about involvement in this case, Pearce said.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419