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Stafford probing $150,000 burglary

Stafford County detectives have identified a 17-year-old boy as a possible suspect in an April 26 burglary in which nearly $150,000 worth of property was stolen, court records show.

The theft occurred at a home on Carroll Circle in Argyle Heights subdivision in southern Stafford, according to affidavits for search warrants filed in Stafford Circuit Court.

Someone entered a rear window and took multiple weapons, including a Soviet AK–47 rifle and a Colt AR-style rifle.

Also taken were 10 boxes of 5.56×45 ammunition, three 30-round Magpul magazines, 10 million Iraqi dinar, a 4th generation iPad, coins and jewelry. Seven gold or diamond rings, two Rolex and other watches and several diamond necklaces were among the jewelry taken.

Stafford Detective K.W. McBride recently identified a possible suspect after Apple Inc. responded to a court order requesting information about the iPad.

The affidavit states that two iTunes purchases were made in May by a teenager who lives in a nearby southern Stafford neighborhood. The teen is not being named because he is a juvenile and because he has not yet been charged.

McBride wrote that he spoke with the teen earlier this month and recovered the iPad. The teen claimed he purchased it from another person.

The victims told McBride that the teen with the iPad was a friend of their teenage children and had been to the home several times.

They said the teen was familiar with the location of the weapons and the layout of the house, and noted that the house was not ransacked during the burglary.

The search warrants authorized police to search the boy’s home on Yorktown Drive and to obtain the boy’s DNA.

That DNA would then be compared to a glove that was found outside the residence after the burglary.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404