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February 20, 2017

Sheriff: Technology places suspect near crime scene

The Fauquier sheriff’s office has three, cruiser-mounted license plate readers, similar to this one.
Technology certainly helps. But, without the help of citizens and the hard work of investigators in several jurisdictions, we couldn’t have made this arrest.
— Sheriff Bob Mosier
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Observant citizens and a range of technology helped sheriff’s detectives identify a suspect in the recent rash of daytime burglaries in Northern Fauquier and Western Loudoun counties.

A license plate reader, a cell phone tower and security system videos played roles in the Feb. 15 arrest of Theodore Roosevelt Bailey Jr., 62, of Capitol Heights, Md., according to court documents.

A Fauquier sheriff’s detective last week charged Mr. Bailey with the Feb. 8 burglary of a home at 10018 Mount Airy Road near Upperville. Sheriff Bob Mosier also named him as a suspect in other recent burglaries along the Route 17 corridor between Warrenton and Great Meadow.

Authorities had sought information about a burglar driving a white, four-door sedan, possibly a 2016 Nissan Sentra.

But, on Feb. 8, a neighbor spotted a silver SUV in the driveway of the Mount Airy Road home west of Upperville.

Two days later, a Spotsylvania County convenience store owner contacted Fauquier investigators. The store owner’s security system recorded a burglary suspect matching the description Fauquier investigators had shared. The video also captured the Maryland license plate of a white sedan: 2CT6107.

That led investigators to Mr. Bailey.

But, what about the silver SUV at the Upperville home?

Fauquier investigators learned the suspect had rented a silver Hyundai Santa Fe, according to an arrest report filed in general district court.

Then, investigators discovered that a Loudoun County sheriff’s cruiser with a license plate reader had captured a photo of the SUV’s tag “in the area of Cobb House Road and John Mosby Highway” near Aldie at 10:26 a.m. Feb. 8, the document states.

Investigators also had Mr. Bailey’s mobile phone number. He used that phone at 10:33 a.m. the day of the Upperville burglary to access a social media account, according to data from a cell tower at 25 Stonewall Court in Middleburg, “10 miles from the residence,” Fauquier sheriff’s Detective L.F. Terry wrote in the arrest document.

So, technology placed Mr. Bailey in the vicinity of the burglary on the morning it took place, according to investigators. Authorities arrested him the morning of Feb. 15 in Alexandria.

Investigators continue to look for a second suspect in the burglaries. They have released security system images of that suspect, described as a black man 30 to 40 years old.

In a search warrant affidavit, Fauquier sheriff’s Detective J.S. Payne wrote that Willie Nathaniel Bailey, the first suspect’s brother, matches the description of the second man sought. Willie Bailey shared an apartment in Capitol Heights with his brother, according to Mr. Payne. Authorities have searched that apartment.

“Technology certainly helps,” Sheriff Mosier said of its role in the case. “But, without the help of citizens and the work of investigators in several jurisdictions, we couldn’t have made this arrest.”

His office has three license plate readers, mounted on patrol cruisers. The readers capture good-quality images of vehicle tags and address placards, which the Fauquier sheriff’s office stores for 30 days on hard drives, Sgt. James Hartman explained.

“But, it’s not like TV, where they type in a tag number and all sorts of photos pop up on big screens,” Sgt. Hartman added.

It takes routine, tedious work to review black-and-white reports of tag numbers, locations and time stamps, he said. The readers capture only numbers — no other identifying information, Sheriff Mosier said.

Court records also provide other details about Theodore Bailey, who “has a lengthy criminal history (including) burglary and larceny,” Detective Payne wrote in his search warrant application.

The recent crimes in Fauquier and Loudoun have targeted valuable, easy-to-sell items, including guns, jewelry and electronics, Sgt. Hartman said.

The list of items stolen includes two AK-47 automatic rifles, a pump-action Beretta shotgun, an 1876 French pistol, three revolvers, a Lee-Enfield custom bolt-action rifle, an 1886 Winchester lever-action rifle, two tuxedos, two men’s suits, power tools and a laptop computer.

In his application for a court-appointed lawyer, Theodore Bailey wrote that he made $650 a week as an Uber driver, had $4,500 in cash, received SNAP (food stamp) benefits of $194 a month and paid $300 a month in rent. He also has $16,000 worth of unpaid hospital bills, according to the document.

The public defender’s office will represent him. Mr. Bailey will appear in Fauquier County General District Court at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 22.
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