Man accused in two Stafford car break-ins
BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR
A man is accused of breaking into two cars early Saturday off U.S. 17 in southern Stafford County, authorities say.
The suspect was arrested after a county deputy observed him getting out of a vehicle near convenience store on U.S. 17 west of Interstate 95. He claimed the car belonged to a friend, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said.
Deputy Ray Gill was in the area after a woman reported that her car had been rummaged through sometime between 4 and 6:45 a.m. Saturday in the 800 block of Anvil Road in the Olde Forge neighborhood. She said her GPS was missing.
An armrest had also been yanked off and thrown into the back seat, and storage compartments in the vehicle were left open.
The woman’s home surveillance system picked up images of the suspect, giving Gill a clear description to broadcast.
About 10:30 a.m., Gill got a call about a man matching the description of the Anvil Road suspect. A resident reported that the man had placed a duffel bag under a vehicle near Auto Zone store in the 600 block of Warrenton Road.
The man continued walked south at a fast pace and was near a Wawa store when Gill saw him get into another vehicle. After getting out of the vehicle, the man began walking toward Target.
Kennedy said Gill ordered him to stop and the man complied. The suspect, who was drenched in sweat, told Gill he thought the car belonged to a friend and he was going to ask for a ride home. He said he took nothing from the car.
Meanwhile, the owner of the vehicle came out and identified the car as his. After the deputy asked him to see if anything was missing, the owner reported that his Apple iPod was gone.
The iPod, which had the owner’s name engraved on it, was found about 10 feet from where the suspect had been standing when Gill called out to him.
Darius Lamont Washington, 37, of no fixed address, was charged with two counts of tampering with a vehicle, vandalism, grand larceny and petty larceny. He was placed in a Rappahannock Regional Jail.
The duffel bag the resident reported seeing the suspect hide under a car was recovered, Kennedy said. Information on the contents of the bag wasn’t immediately available.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404