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February 7, 2017

Sheriff’s office investigating uptick in daytime burglaries

The Fauquier sheriff’s office has responded to reports of 15 daytime burglaries so far this year.
A burglar or burglars hit four homes, causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage, Friday afternoon along the Route 17 corridor north of Warrenton, according to the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators seek the public’s help in finding the suspect, described as a thin black man, approximately 40 years old, possibly driving a white, four-door sedan.

Friday’s break-ins — from a couple miles north of Warrenton to the Great Meadow area around Old Tavern — took place between noon and 5:15 p.m. Feb. 3 at homes in the:

• 4800 block of O’Bannon Road, where the burglar(s) broke through a rear glass door and stole guns and jewelry.

• 7400 block of Drake Drive, where the burglar(s) broke through a rear door and ransacked the interior but took nothing. A witness there reported seeing the white sedan.

• 6400 block of James Madison Highway (Route 17), where the burglar(s) entered through an unlocked garage door and stole power tools.

• 5300 block of James Madison Highway, where the burglar(s) attempted to pry open a rear door but failed to get inside.

At the last house, a witness “exchanged a few words” with the suspect, sheriff’s Sgt. James Hartman said.

That witness provided the suspect’s description, including his clothing: “The male was wearing a green jacket, brown work pants that appeared dirty, boots, and a navy stocking cap,” Sgt. Hartman said.

“If you encounter someone suspicious on your property, please, call 911 immediately,” the sergeant added.

“We’ve seen an uptick in daytime burglaries,” Sgt. Hartman said.

The sheriff’s office reported similar crimes:

• Jan. 11 in the 6400 block of John Mosby Highway (Route 50), near Atoka. The burglar(s) took a laptop, jewelry and a camera from an unlocked home.

• Jan. 13 in the 7600 block of Botha Road, near Opal. The owner reported guns and power tools stolen from an unlocked home.

• Jan. 24-26 in the 6300 block of Liberty Road near Bealeton. The burglar(s) removed a window air conditioner to get inside and stole a TV and a BB gun.

• Jan. 26 in the 11700 block of Fort Lee Drive near Remington. An attempted break-in failed. A witness described the suspect wearing a black hoodie and jeans.

• Jan. 27 in the 3400 block of Midland Road near Elk Run. The burglar(s) broke in through the front door and stole a gun and jewelry. A witness saw two men in a white car in the driveway.

• Jan. 27-29 in the 3700 block of Harrels Corner Road near Linden. The burglar(s) broke in through a basement window and stole power tools and a TV.

• Feb. 4-5 in the 11100 block of James Madison Highway (Route 29) near Opal. The burglar(s) forced open a side door, ransacked the house but took nothing.

Anyone with information about any of the burglaries can call the sheriff’s office at 540-347-3300. A caller’s identity may remain anonymous, Sgt. Hartman noted.

“There have been similar crimes in Loudoun, so we’re working closely with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office,” he added.
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