Just days after Alexandria police arrested a suspect in perhaps a dozen burglaries from homes and vehicles in the Rosemont and Old Town areas of Alexandria, police arrested a second suspect who was allegedly selling stolen goods.
Police Thursday arrested Bitaywork Debebe, 25. He is charged with receiving stolen properties.
While handcuffed, he declined to comment to ABC7’s Kris Van Cleave.
Earlier in the day, police executed a search warrant in the 800 block of Pendleton Street, where they found a stash of allegedly stolen goods, and ABC7 was the only station there.
"People would either steal from cars or property, bring the property here to this location and give them money for the stolen items," says Dep. Chief Cleveland Spruill of the Alexandria Police Department.
On Monday, police arrested Vincent Edward Evans, 20, in connection with the burglaries of vehicles and homes. He is charged with two burglaries.
Police say the first burglary occurred in the 300 block of West Masonic View Avenue and the second in the 100 block of East Linden Street.
Neighbor Corinne Marlowe says the store police raided has been a nuisance since it opened, but had no idea it may have been at the center of a criminal enterprise.
“If it’s going to solve five other problems of all the other things the neighbors will complain about and the quality of life around, here I'm glad it will be closed down,” Marlowe says.