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Raheem Perrin told police he was sleeping when a stolen car showed up outside a Fredericksburg home he was staying at last year.

Satellite tracking technology and fingerprints proved otherwise.

Perrin, 19, was convicted of auto larceny Thursday in Fredericksburg Circuit Court. The charge stemmed from a June 26 incident in which a Cadillac was stolen from a home on Wolfe Street in the city.

According to the evidence presented by prosecutor Jeff Adams, Kimberly McGhee had borrowed her father’s car and parked it at her home late June 25. When she got up the next morning, the car was gone.

Officer Heather Lloyd responded a short time later and learned from OnStar that the car was on Frazier Street.

Nine adults and five children were in the Mayfield home where the car was found and no one claimed to know anything about the car. Perrin, who was in a bedroom, told Lloyd he’d been asleep and knew nothing about the vehicle.

As part of her investigation, Lloyd dug through a trash can outside the residence and found multiple items that had been in the car, including an owner’s manual. Detective Patrick Lamb found prints on the manual that he was eventually able to match to Perrin.

Police also found a McDonald’s receipt in the trash. Lamb went to the Southpoint McDonald’s and obtained video showing that the car had been there about 6:30 a.m. on June 26. A man who resembled Perrin was driving the car.

Police said someone had cut wires in an apparent attempt to disable OnStar, but those efforts failed.

Judge William Ledbetter said the evidence clearly pointed to Perrin and found him guilty. Perrin will be sentenced May 9.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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