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Police seek to return stolen property

Was jewelry stolen from your home? Maybe your TV? A Wii, perhaps? Montgomery County police might have it. At 11 a.m. Tuesday, officers will be displaying hundreds of unclaimed valuables stolen from home break-ins in Gaithersburg, Montgomery Village, and Germantown....

By Allison Klein  | February 22, 2011; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Fairfax police investigate burglaries

Fairfax County police are investigating whether 20 recent burglary cases are linked to the same thieves. The four most recent break-ins occurred in the Fairfax Station area Saturday when thieves forced open doors of unoccupied homes between 5 and 7...

By Allison Klein  | February 3, 2011; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Allison Klein, Burglary, Fairfax  
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Poll: which alleged criminal is more bumbling?

A story today about a cell phone allegedly left behind in a house by a robber made us think back on stories from the past year or so about bumbling accused criminals. Which one of these gets your vote?...

By Washington Post editors  | February 3, 2011; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Burglary  
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4 yrs. for Northern Va. gold burglar

The apparent leader of a sophisticated ring of New York City burglars, who traveled to Northern Virginia and specifically targeted the homes of Indian and South Asian residents because they kept pure gold valuables as heirlooms, was sentenced Friday to 46 months in federal prison. Dagoberto Soto Ramirez, 28, and his wife, Melinda M. Soto, 34, of Queens, admitted that they traveled to Fairfax and Loudoun counties from January to November of 2009, using online White Page listings to search for South Asian-sounding names. Melinda Soto acknowledged she would knock on doors during the day to see if anyone was home, and if not, she would sit in their rented car and monitor a police scanner while her husband and another man, Francisco Gray, 40, broke in and searched for gold and other valuables. About $600,000 worth of gold and other items were taken in 37 burglaries, authorities said.

By Tom Jackman  | January 28, 2011; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Burglary, Fairfax, From the Courthouse, Loudoun, Tom Jackman, Updates  
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