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By Lieutenant Scott Maurice
October 17, 2017

LCSO Reminds Residents to Lock Vehicles, Secure Interior & Exterior Garage Doors After Series of Burglaries in Sterling

Loudoun County, VA- The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents to lock their vehicles and close garage doors after several burglaries have been reported in the Sterling area where a garage door opener was used to gain entry into homes.

Since October 13, there have been five burglaries where the residents were home during the burglaries and the suspect(s) gained entry through an exterior garage door and an unlocked interior garage door. In all of the cases it appears the suspect(s) used a garage door opener from unlocked cars parked in a driveway to gain access to the homes.

In light of these recent cases, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to close garage doors when you are not outside, lock your vehicles and remove garage door openers or park them inside a closed garage, and secure all exterior windows and doors.

“Securing your windows and doors will greatly reduce the opportunity for a burglar to enter your home,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. “We encourage residents to remain vigilant and report all suspicious activity immediately,” Sheriff Chapman added.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office asks residents to report any suspicious activity, persons, or vehicles immediately by calling the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office 24-hour non-emergency line at 703-777-1021.

The most recent incident was reported this morning around 3:30 a.m. when a resident on Woodmere Court was awakened by a dog barking and observed an unknown male inside their home. The subject was described as a light skinned black or dark skinned Hispanic male, approximately 6’ tall, with a thin build and dark hair. He was wearing a baseball hat, khaki colored pants and may have been wearing gloves. The suspect fled out a door. The victim contacted authorities a short time later. The area was searched but no suspect was located. The suspect appears to have gained entry into the home by using a garage door opener from inside the victim’s vehicle which was parked in the driveway. Nothing was reported missing from the home or the vehicle.

The first burglary in the series was reported around 3:26 a.m. on October 13 on Ashmere Square when a resident was alerted to a door alarm inside their home. A garage door was found partially ajar and it appears the suspect(s) used a garage door opener inside the victim’s vehicle to open the garage. Nothing was found missing from the home. A resident on Glenmere Square later reported that around 4 a.m. they were awakened by a noise and saw an SUV backing out of a parking space outside of their home on Glenmere Square. They noticed their garage door was open and items were taken from inside the home.

A third incident was later discovered on October 13 Hampshire Station Drive. In this case it also appears unknown suspect(s) entered unlocked vehicles and used a garage door opener to open the garage and access the home. A work bag containing a wallet and keys were taken from the home. A fourth incident of a similar nature was reported on October 15 on Cedarhurst Drive. Again the suspect(s) appear to have entered a vehicle parked outside the home to gain entry into a garage. Inside the home a purse was stolen.

Detectives are working to determine if a larceny from a vehicle on Whitechapel Way reported on October 15 is related to the burglaries. The victims in the case reported their two unlocked vehicles were entered and rummaged through during the overnight and items were stolen.

If you have any information regarding these cases you are asked to contact Eastern Loudoun Station Detective K. Mitchell at 571-258-3138. You may also submit a tip through the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office app. The Loudoun Sheriff app is available on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

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