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Spotsylvania man charged in theft of dead woman’s credit card
A 35-year-old man has been arrested after being accused of stealing a credit card from a dead woman and going on a shopping spree.
William Darr Jr. of Spotsylvania County faces numerous charges, including grand larceny, burglary and credit card theft.
According to Fredericksburg police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe, police went to the George Washington Motel at 1320 Jefferson Davis Highway Sunday in response to a reported death.
Relatives of the 58-year-old victim had been unable to reach her on Mother’s Day, so they went to the motel to check on her. The woman had been in poor health, Bledsoe said. Relatives last spoke with her the previous day.
When the woman didn’t answer repeated knocks on her door, police said, a relative enlisted Darr’s help to get into her room, police said. The suspect crawled in through a back window and opened the door for the family.
The woman was found dead on the floor and police were called. Detective Wayne Hunnicutt’s investigation showed that her death was not suspicious.
On Wednesday, the woman’s relative called Hunnicutt and reported that her wallet was missing. Someone had apparently gone back into the room after the body was removed and took the wallet and some jewelry.
Hunnicutt got information that the woman’s credit card had been used at various Fredericksburg-area businesses the day after her death. Hunnicutt went to the businesses and at least one had video of the person who had used the card.
Hunnicutt recognized the man from the initial death investigation and already had his name. The suspect still had the woman’s jewelry when he was arrested, police said.
Darr was also charged with credit card forgery, identity theft, obtaining merchandise under false pretenses and fraudulently receiving goods.
He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.
Darr does not live at the motel but apparently frequents the area.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404