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Burglars hitting U. Va. students, then pawnshops: Police

Thieves in Charlottesville have made off with more than $100,000 worth of jewelry, electronics and other items belonging mostly to college students.

Lt. Gary Pleasants said Charlottesville police have investigated 58 burglaries since June, mostly in homes where college students live.

He said many of the break-ins occurred while students were on Christmas break and he expects to receive more reports as University of Virginia students filter back into town.

Police have arrested three suspects and charged them in connection with some of the burglaries after recovering nearly $20,000 worth of stolen items from area pawn shops.

Police said all three suspects used their real names to pawn the stolen items.

-- The Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 19, 2010; 8:38 AM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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