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Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Apparent Va. serial burglar sought

By Jennifer Buske


Update:

Prince William County police are looking for an apparent serial burglar who took jewelry worth an estimated $45,250 from homes in the Lake Ridge area of the community.

The burglaries began in mid-December, with the last five of the 13 burglaries occurring on Jan. 4. police said. They noted that there was also an attempted burglary in which the robber was unsuccessful because of a deadbolt lock, police said.

The burglaries all seem to occur during the day while homeowners are at work, and jewelry appears to be the main target, though a laptop and television were also reported missing, police said.

In two cases, the burglar -- or burglars -- left without taking anything when spotted by homeowners, police said.

Police are on the lookout for three men: a white male between 20 and 22 years old, about 5'9", 170 pounds last seen wearing a jacket, jeans and a black knit-style hat; a white male between 24 and 25 years old, about 5'1" to 6'0", 160 pounds, light brown hair, last seen wearing a gray sweater; and a male between 24 and 25 years old of an unknown race, about 160 pounds with brown hair, last seen wearing "baggy" clothes, police said.

Prince William police officials are urging residents to secure all deadbolts and to use an alarm system if available. Anyone with information relating to these cases should call Crime Solvers at 703-670-3700 or 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can be anonymous and callers could earn a reward of up to $1,000 in cash.

The burglaries all seem to occur during the day while homeowners are at work, and jewelry appears to be the main target, police said.

Prince William police officials are urging residents to secure all deadbolts and to use an alarm system if available. Anyone with information relating to these cases should call Crime Solvers at 703-670-3700 or 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can be anonymous and callers could earn a reward of up to $1,000 in cash.

By Jennifer Buske  | January 5, 2011; 12:01 AM ET
Categories:  Pr. William  
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