There is relief in several Loudoun County neighborhoods after police say they have caught a brazen band of burglars.
Seven people face charges following a spree of crimes.
The western half of Loudoun County is defined by winding roads, pastoral countryside, and quaint hamlets. Some still leave their doors unlocked in the low crime region, but for more than a year, the area was on edge over a series of home break-ins, until now.
Sheriff Michael Chapman announced Tuesday that seven suspects have been tied to 14 burglaries from early 2012 to early 2013. Four of those arrested are Ronald Brown, Samuel Green, Kenneth Dye, and Cory Jackson.
Two other suspects are in other jails on unrelated charges. The final suspect remains on the loose. They collectively face 49 charges for taking things like jewelry, cash, and electronics. Initially, investigators thought the cases were connected. Now they believe three acted alone and four worked together.
The majority of the homes hit were in Purcellville and nearby Hamilton.
“I’m proud of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department and that they’re stepping up the program. Well worth it,” says Don Jackson.
Hamilton residents like Amy Olson are relieved.
“I’m glad they caught the people. Crime follows you everywhere,” she says.
The suspects face the following charges. Suspects in italics have not yet been caught.
Charles J. Shirley Martinsburg, W.Va. Larceny, robbery, firearms charges Samuel L. Green Harper's Ferry, W.Va. Grand larceny Corey L. Jackson Harper's Ferry, W.Va. Grand larceny Kenneth Dye Brunswick, Md. Grand larceny Jonathan D. Ruifrok Leesburg, Va. Breaking and entering, larceny Damian S. Falero Farmville, Va. Breaking and entering, conspiracy, larceny Ronald J. Brown North Chesterfield, Va. Breaking and entering, conspiracy, larceny
Kayla Brandon contributed to this report.