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A cellphone with a tracking device led to the arrests of two suspected thieves Thursday evening in Fredericksburg, police said.

Police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said off-duty Sgt. Pat Reed went to James Monroe High School about 5:30 p.m. to pick up his son from cross-country practice. Reed’s son and another team member noticed that their backpacks had been stolen from among a group of backpacks that had been stored outside the school near an entrance door.

The backpacks contained wallets, cellphones and other property belonging to three different team members.

Bledsoe said one of the phones was equipped with an application that allowed its location to be tracked. Reed and another parent used that information to track the phone to the 2400 block of Charles Street.

There, police encountered four men, two of whom were carrying backpacks. Gerry Turner, 32, and Deangelo Anderson, 28, who have no fixed addresses, were taken into custody and charged with felony larceny.

Anderson also had outstanding charges in King George and Spotsylvania for failure to appear in court.

While Anderson was in the rear of the patrol car, he managed to move his handcuffed arms from his back to in front of him. When an officer removed one cuff to put his hands back behind him, Anderson broke away and fled on foot wearing one handcuff.

Multiple officers and a police dog were called to the area but weren’t immediately able to find him.

About two hours later, Bledsoe said, an officer spotted Anderson back on Charles Street and took him back into custody. He received additional charges of resisting arrest and escape.

Anderson was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond. Turner was jailed under a $1,500 bond. Most of the stolen property was recovered, but a wallet and some keys were still missing, Bledsoe said.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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