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Stafford authorities seek leads in attempted burglaries

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BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR

Stafford County authorities believe that the same two thieves were involved in at least three different incidents in northwestern Stafford early Thursday during which they were confronted by residents.

In two of the incidents, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said the resident either displayed or fired guns, scaring off the intruders. All three incidents took place within a 45-minute span in the Ruby area.

Kennedy said the first incident occurred about 12:11 a.m. on Equestrian Drive off Garrisonville Road in Sunset Hills subdivision. The homeowner reported that she was sleeping upstairs when her dogs woke her by barking “hysterically” outside.

The woman looked outside and saw two young men pushing her utility vehicle. They had gotten about 100 yards when she yelled that she was going to shoot them if they didn’t stop. The men left the vehicle and ran away.

At 12:54 a.m., Kennedy said, police got a call about a burglary in progress on nearby Quarter Horse Court in the same subdivision. That resident said he and his family were sleeping when he heard the garage door opening. He got up, grabbed a gun and saw someone in the driveway tampering with his vehicle.

Moments later, the rear flood lights came on and he saw two people in his shed. The resident called out to them and fired several shots into the ground to scare them off. Two slender white males were seen running toward the woods.

Nothing was missing, except for the garage door opener that had been taken from his vehicle.

The third incident took place about 12:38 a.m., also on Quarter Horse Court, but wasn’t reported to the Sheriff’s Office until about 5 p.m. That resident reported that he saw two young males in his front yard, one in a white hoodie and the other in a dark jacket.

When he asked them what they were doing there, the pair told him they lived in the area. He told them to leave and they did.

The resident said he thought nothing more about it until that evening, when he learned that his keys had been stolen from the floorboard of his vehicle.

Kennedy said deputies and detectives are actively trying to determine the identity of the young men. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 540/658-4400 or Crime Solvers at 540/659-2020.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404 

kepps@freelancestar.com

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