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Posted at 2:05 PM ET, 11/19/2010

Fairfax Police: Serial burglar nabbed

By Tom Jackman
Washington Post editors

A man suspected of committing more than 100 burglaries and attempted break-ins in Fairfax County in recent months was arrested early Wednesday in Potomac, Md., after police watched him break into two cars and also found evidence that he'd burglarized a home there, police said Friday.

The man, Brad K. Edmonds, 34, of Oxon Hill, has not been charged in the Fairfax burglary string. But he was charged in Montgomery County with 13 felonies, including three gun counts apparently related to the theft of a rifle taken from a Potomac home on Monday night or early Tuesday. Montgomery police said the rifle was found in Edmonds' residence on Kennebec Street during a search on Wednesday.

Fairfax police launched a task force in September after the burglary total had soared to more than 80, mostly in upscale neighborhoods. The thefts were dispersed through different parts of the county, but had numerous similarities: They occurred late at night or early in the morning, almost always involved entering through unlocked doors or windows of houses, or unlocked car doors, and often the only items taken were purses, wallets or loose cash. The purses or wallets were often found nearby, emptied of their money, Fairfax police said.

Residents in the McLean and Fair Oaks area were particularly alarmed, and police held community meetings to remind homeowners to lock their doors and windows. Though the homes were occupied when they were hit, no one had seen or heard the intruder, Fairfax police said.

"He goes in, he finds your cash, he leaves," Capt. Steve Thompson said in September.
By Nov. 2, the number of burglaries, attempted burglaries, thefts from vehicles or "suspicious events" attributed to the man had reached 109, Fairfax police said. And a few days later, police got their big break.

At 4 a.m. on Nov. 8, a citizen spotted a suspicious vehicle and called 911. Fairfax officers found the car, stopped it, interviewed the driver and released him. Soon after, police learned there had been more break-ins in that neighborhood.

Fairfax and Montgomery police began surveilling Edmonds, Montgomery police said, and watched him for several hours early on Tuesday morning, near Evening Ride Drive in Potomac. But Edmonds left without incident, police said.

Later that same night, police said Edmonds returned to Potomac, and the surveillance resumed. In the 11700 block of Lake Potomac Drive, police alegedly watched Edmonds break into two vehicles parked in a driveway. Soon after, police found evidence of Edmonds committing a house burglary on the same block, and an attempted burglary in the 11700 block of Lake Potomac. Police allege that Edmonds stole cash and personal items from the occupied house and the vehicles.

Police followed Edmonds from the neighborhood, and at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, stopped him at the intersection of River Road and Falls Road and arrested him. Later that day, they obtained a search warrant for his Prince George's County home and reportedly recovered stolen property from earlier burglaries, Montgomery police said.

On Thursday, police said, investigators searched Edmonds' 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue car and found more evidence.

Edmonds is being held in the Montgomery jail on a $425,000 bond. Both Montgomery and Fairfax are continuing their investigations.

[This post has been updated.]



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By Tom Jackman  | November 19, 2010; 2:05 PM ET
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sneaky dude

in one night, he would try every door and window on the block and burglarize one or two before leaving

Posted by: blasmaic | November 19, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

How did this guy, if it is the same one who hit over a hundred homes in No. VA, manage to not trip an alarm or alert a dog and get himself shot by an angry resident?

Posted by: LoonsToTheLeftOfMe | November 19, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post resorts to Lee Atwater tactics showing a picture of a black man in a crime story: shades of Willie Horton.

Shame on you! Please: no more pictures of young black males always being criminals.

Posted by: nickthimmeschearthlinknet | November 19, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Yes, no more pictures of young black male criminals. To avoid this, from now on they will have to...stop committing crimes. Kind of relates to the reason so many young black men are in jail/prison. I don't think cops raid boy scout meetings and church choirs.

Don't pin this one on "The Man."

Posted by: katyjink | November 19, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

No, this burglar is a skilled thief, not just a punk with a gun. Show his picture. I was guessing Hispanic, like the Hispanics who were stealing 24kt gold-threaded saris from Indian families.

Posted by: blasmaic | November 19, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse


WaPo shouldn't show pictures of minorities caught for crimes, it only leads to stereotyping.

Only show white people or fake pictures of blood on U St.

Posted by: kenk33 | November 19, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Don't spare this jerk!!!
Prosecute this savage to the max allowed by law.
His picture should be included.

I wish he had come to my house and met my friends Smith & Wesson

Posted by: potomac2010 | November 19, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Don't spare this jerk!!!
Prosecute this savage to the max allowed by law.
His picture should be included.

I wish he had come to my house and met my friends Smith & Wesson

Posted by: potomac2010 | November 19, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Yes what we need is more pictures and comments on the pedophiles when you do articles

Posted by: msdooby1 | November 19, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Criminals come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. I have to give this guy credit. At least he was robbing a lucrative target and not robbing people who don't have anything to take. At any rate, another scumbag off the street and being processed into the broke justice system. He'll more than likely be released for whatever reason and commit more crimes. signing off....no hope for true justice

Posted by: ioweioweoff2workigo | November 19, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Is this dude related to Rayful Edmonds?

Posted by: Centreville1 | November 19, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Is this dude related to Rayful Edmonds?

Posted by: Centreville1 | November 19, 2010 3:21 PM
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Either you can't read or this was a bad attempt at some humor, because there last names are spelled different, dummy.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | November 19, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Dude is good! lol

Hey it's rough times these days.

I wish he had come to my house and met my friends Smith & Wesson

What would you do if Smith & Wesson weren't available? lol

He'll more than likely be released for whatever reason and commit more crimes. signing off....no hope for true justice.

Isn't that a sunny outview.

Who leaves there Windows and Doors unlock?

Posted by: shamken | November 19, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Yes, no more pictures of young black male criminals. To avoid this, from now on they will have to...stop committing crimes. Kind of relates to the reason so many young black men are in jail/prison. I don't think cops raid boy scout meetings and church choirs.

Don't pin this one on "The Man."

Posted by: katyjink
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Excuse me Katyjink- but I implore you to find a picture of a white criminal on WAPO. Please respond by saying white people do not commit crimes, I will give you a few examples, no picture of the three accused of killing the asian dude was ever pictured, no picture of the 5 guys accused of killing the Ethiopian, and remember this guy is ACCUSED of. No one is blaming ANYTHING on the MAN. I think folks r kindof pissed this dude walked into unlocked doors and windows and rocked their sense of Hierarchy.

Posted by: MsKarma2 | November 19, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

It's good this guy was caught. There is a big danger of death or injury to homeowners from houshold burglaries. Remember the burglar named Welch, from about 20 years ago, whose specialty was burlaries of upscale suburban homes when homeowners were away. Welch murdered a guy who came home while a burglary was in progress.

Posted by: esch | November 19, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

MsKarma2, how about the 3 white dudes who were accused of murder/coverup/disturbing the evidence in the Wone killing in Dupont Circle? Their faces were all over the WaPo.

Posted by: LoveSnow1 | November 19, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

MsKarma2 wrote:

I think folks r kindof pissed this dude walked into unlocked doors and windows and rocked their sense of Hierarchy.

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Well, DUH! Locked or unlocked, it's still THEIR HOUSE!!! Of COURSE they're pissed!

And yeah -- there's a sense of "heirarchy" what with them OWNING THE HOUSE HE ENTERED!!! (You might have heard of being the "king of the castle" and such -- kinda applies here, no?)

There is no one here to blame but the guy who was sneaking into houses in the middle of the night. And if he didn't like the "hierarchy" before, I suggest a good long haul in the prison "hierarchy" will give him a BIG attitude adjustment.

Posted by: yanas_girl | November 19, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

If this is the burgular from all the incidents in Fairfax County he should be charged with terrorizing the citizens. I felt very threatened. And if I am correct, he actually did break in to locked houses and cars.

Posted by: lesliebfarrell | November 19, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Leave this poor man alone. He is just another disenfranchised minority acting and lashing out on a prejudicial system. He is likely the product of PGC schools, doesn't have a high school degree so has no skills to get a legitimate job. How else is he suppose to feed his drug or sex habits? At least he didn't harm anyone. He just stole from rich people for crying out loud. They have too much money.

Sarcasm off.

Posted by: jab00 | November 19, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Is this dude related to Rayful Edmonds?

Posted by: Centreville1 | November 19, 2010 3:21 PM
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Either you can't read or this was a bad attempt at some humor, because there last names are spelled different, dummy.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | November 19, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse
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The last names are the same, Public Enemy1, and you used "there" when you should have used "their".

Posted by: Centreville1 | November 19, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Would it kill this punk to work an honest job like the rest of us slobs? Do these guys have parents or did they drop from the sky?

Attn thugs:

Always have a very long list of excuses to justify your behavior. Never take responsiblity for anything. Act like the world owes you something. You're so persecuted & misunderstood. Use the "R" word a lot - RACISM. Maybe drop in the word "Slavery" too.

Boo hoo.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | November 19, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

my doggie was waiting on this dude...

Posted by: TheDubb | November 19, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse


Bond of $425,000 in MoCo. Just wait until they start with the charges in Fairfax County - probably a bond of, oh, say, $25,000 per occurrence.

Uh, don't set a place for this dude at the Thanksgiving table (or Christmas for that matter).

Be sure your sins will find you out.

.

Posted by: adjjones | November 19, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who doesn't lock their doors and windows at night is just asking for trouble. I'm not saying that the victims got what they deserved, but they did make it easy for someone to rob them.

Posted by: GP04 | November 19, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

You know the best way to prevent break-ins? Lock your doors.
I'm certainly not condoning theft. But how much common sense does it take to lock a door or a window? Does leaving a new iPod or smart phone in your car overnight seem wise?
The guy obviously shouldn't be stealing but the old saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" comes to mind here.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | November 19, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Seems like they finally caught this one person crime wave. Yay!
But that doesn't mean that you can go back to leaving your cars & houses unlocked.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | November 19, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

"It's good this guy was caught. There is a big danger of death or injury to homeowners from houshold burglaries. Remember the burglar named Welch, from about 20 years ago, whose specialty was burlaries of upscale suburban homes when homeowners were away. Welch murdered a guy who came home while a burglary was in progress."

Must not have been too much danger, with 100 robberies and people still leaving their cars and homes unlocked.

but don't let the facts get in your way LOL

Posted by: chucklebuck | November 19, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Publish photos, names, background, names of fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, addresses and phone numbers of all criminal suspects. It society can't shame people, the police really can't do it alone (and that goes for police criminals too).

And if say just off the top of my head (and reading Capehart) 75% of violent crimes in NY are committed by Black (whatever that is) Americans and 24% by "Hispanic" (whatever that is) Americans...let the chips fall where they may. Time for those communities and their leaders to take matters in hand.

Posted by: wjc1va | November 19, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Darned...I forgot one thing... In some places your criminal record is your "street cred" so having a "rep" is a "good thing." Guess publishing photos, etc., might not work everywhere.

Posted by: wjc1va | November 19, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

OK, glad they got the guy but who is the moron who is glad they caught the burglar because he had two pistols stolen from his car? Who in their right mind would keep guns in a car? So now those guns are out on the street being used to commit any and all kinds of crimes - forget the burglar - there are enough dummies to go around

Posted by: carmen2 | November 20, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

OK, glad they got the guy but who is the moron who is glad they caught the burglar because he had two pistols stolen from his car? Who in their right mind would keep guns in a car? So now those guns are out on the street being used to commit any and all kinds of crimes - forget the burglar - there are enough dummies to go around

Posted by: carmen2 | November 20, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

OK, glad they got the guy but who is the moron who is glad they caught the burglar because he had two pistols stolen from his car? Who in their right mind would keep guns in a car? So now those guns are out on the street being used to commit any and all kinds of crimes - forget the burglar - there are enough dummies to go around

Posted by: carmen2 | November 20, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

I think the police should be forced to watch episodes of CSI and that other forensic stuff on TV. They would then learn how to catch a burglar in about 45 minutes (including commercials) instead of waiting until the suspect had committed over a hundred.

I guess our police are falling behind the curve. Let's blame those liberals in the Congress and the President as well if we can come up with a motive.

Posted by: loyalsyst | November 21, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

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