Suspected serial burglar indicted
Brad K. Edmonds, suspected in more than 110 burglaries or attempted break-ins Fairfax County, was indicted on seven counts in Montgomery County, where he was captured last month, authorities said Friday.
A grand jury in Montgomery handed up the indictment Thursday, which included charges of burglary, possession of burglary tools and theft.
Montgomery prosecutors are moving forward to try Edmonds, and county police continue to explore whether he was involved in other break-ins. But for now, his activity in Montgomery appears limited, said Cpl. Dan Friz, a Montgomery County police spokesman.
Edmonds was arrested early the morning of Nov. 17 in Potomac. Montgomery officers, with the help of colleagues from Fairfax, had Edmonds under surveillance.
He was originally charged in Montgomery District Court involving three victims who had items taken from their home or automobiles. The indictment Thursday moves the case to Montgomery Circuit Court.
Fairfax police think that Edmonds, 34, may be responsible for a streak of similar break-ins, many in the McLean and Fair Oaks areas, that terrified residents starting in late August. Police now estimate that Edmonds was responsible for more than 110 in Fairfax alone.
The streak of burglaries and failed break-ins began Aug. 24 in the Sully area of Fairfax and often involved several homes or vehicles on the same block.
Investigators quickly linked them because of the similarities: They occurred late at night or early in the morning, typically while people were home. In most cases, doors or windows had been unlocked. Homes that had been locked often showed evidence of pry marks. The stolen items were typically purses, wallets or loose cash, and once the money was snatched, the wallets or purses were tossed away nearby.
Dan Morse and Tom Jackman
| December 17, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
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