Two suspects have been arrested after multiple vehicles were broken into in a Stafford neighborhood over the weekend.
The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office apprehended two suspects early Sunday morning for breaking into at least 10 vehicles.
On March 25, at approximately 2:11 a.m., Sgt. Christopher Smith responded to a call regarding three suspicious males walking down the street and looking into vehicles.
Sgt. Smith arrived at the scene, where he saw three males walking down the street. Sgt. Smith then hid behind a parked vehicle until the three males approached his location.
Once the three males reached Sgt. Smith’s position, Smith announced his presence and pointed a flashlight towards the group. All three men fled the scene as a result.
Sgt. Smith gave chase and commanded the men to stop, but they did not.
During the pursuit, one of the males broke off left and the sergeant continued to chase the other two suspects.
One of those suspects, later identified as Michael Hamlet, tripped and was taken into custody. The second suspect, a juvenile, was apprehended 20 yards away by another officer.
Hamlet, 26, of Triangle, who was wearing a glove and had a screwdriver sticking out of his pocket, admitted to breaking into about 10 to 15 vehicles that evening.
Later, deputies investigated the area and located about 10 victim vehicles with signs of tampering, including open center consoles and glove boxes, dome lights on and cracked doors.
The victims spoke with deputies on scene and said nothing was missing from their vehicles. Later, the Sheriff’s Office received reports from the neighborhood in reference to larcenies from vehicles.
The victims reported missing wallets, credit cards and a missing phone valued at about $400.
Hamlet was charged with vehicle tampering, contributing to the delinquencey of a minor, possession of a schedule IV drug, possession of burglary tools, conspiracy to trespass, conspiracy to commit credit card theft, conspiracy to commit grand larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny.