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Spotsy man charged in laundromat burglaries, vandalism


Fredericksburg police have arrested a 19-year-old Spotsylvania County man following an Aug. 8 incident at a city laundromat in which a toilet was ripped from the floor, flooding the business.

0819vandalJames Everett Nicholson Jr. was charged Monday with burglary and felony vandalism.

City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said on Tuesday that information from Detective Earle Swift of the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office led to the city charges against Nicholson, who is also facing multiple felony counts in Spotsylvania in connection with break-ins at laundromats there.

The city incident took place at Hillcrest Coin Laundry at 2012 Lafayette Boulevard.

A regular customer came to the laundromat shortly before 7 a.m. and found the business flooded.

A surveillance camera showed a man entering the business about 2 a.m. and heading for the bathroom. Shortly after he came out, water was seen running out the bathroom door. The owner later discovered the damaged toilet.

At one point the suspect looked directly into the camera and flashed both of his middle fingers.

Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Pearce said Nicholson is accused of recently breaking into three county laundromats and stealing change from various machines. Pearce said the businesses were each broken into twice.

Nicholson is charged in Spotsylvania with three counts of grand larceny, three counts of felony vandalism, possession of burglary tools and conspiracy.

Pearce said Swift saw the surveillance pictures from the Fredericksburg incident and contacted city detectives, who interviewed Nicholson.

He is being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404