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ThisWeekInCrimeTwo people were arrested in the Historic Triangle this week for passing off checks that didn’t belong to them, while three unlocked vehicles in the Powhatan Crossing subdivision in James City County had items stolen from them. Make sure you lock your vehicle at all times and that you store any valuables out of sight!

York County

York Woman Charged with Stealing, Passing Off Checks

A York County woman is facing 56 felony charges associated with stealing a checkbook and then writing forged checks for a variety of small purchases at grocery and retail stores.

Of the 56 charges, 28 are for forging and 28 are for passing off a forged check. Lt. Dennis Ivey of the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office said 23-year-old Cierra Jones allegedly took a checkbook from someone she knew and then made the purchases between May 30 and July 2.

The total value of the purchases is in the hundreds of dollars. Jones was arrested Aug. 5.

York Deputies Arrest Escaped Juveniles

On Aug. 6, deputies from the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office arrested five juveniles who escaped from the Newport News Behavior Center after they allegedly broke into a store in Lackey.

Lt. Dennis Ivey, spokesperson for YPSO, said deputies responded to the 2200 block of Old Williamsburg Road where the juveniles are alleged to have broken in and stolen some items from the store.

The deputies were able to track the juveniles to an area near the Rising Sun Baptist Church, which is located several hundred feet down Old Williamsburg Road. Ivey said the juveniles are believed to have broken into a van at that property, where they took tools and construction materials which were found strewn about the church property.

Deputies charged a 17-year-old and four 15-year-olds with breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and a slew of larceny charges in connection to the incident.

Deputies Ask for Public’s Help Locating Burglary Suspect

Christopher Junior Thompson (Photo courtesy York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office)
Christopher Junior Thompson (Photo courtesy York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office)

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office needs your help locating 22-year-old Christopher Junior Thompson, who they believe broke into a home on the 100 block of Pebble Beach in June and stole jewelry.

Thompson is a 5’10” black male who weighs about 130 pounds. He has a heavy Jamaican accent and could be driving a dark Honda from the 1990s. He is wanted for burglary, grand larceny, larceny with intent to sell and obtaining money by false pretenses. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP (888-562-5887).

James City County

Items Stolen from Unlocked Vehicles in Powhatan Crossing

Several items were taken from unlocked vehicles in the Powhatan Crossing subdivision overnight between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

One of the vehicles, a GMC pickup truck, was on the 3400 block of Deerlope Trail. Someone stole two knives and coins valued at about $600 total from the truck, said Maj. Stephen Rubino of the James City County Police Department.

The other two vehicles — a Toyota Camry and a Chevy Blazer — were on the 3400 block of Hunter’s Ridge. Someone stole two wallets, an inactive cell phone and three plastic airsoft guns.

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP (888-562-5887).

More than a dozen unlocked vehicles had items stolen from them in Powhatan Crossing in April. Rubino said James City County Police charged a 16-year-old runaway from Hampton in connection to those incidents. He said some of the items taken were returned to their owners.

JCC Man Charged with Stealing Checkbooks Out of Cars

James City County Police arrested 22-year-old Patrick Wilson McDaniel after he allegedly stole checkbooks out of cars and then used them to buy groceries and get cash back at the Ewell Station Food Lion.

Rubino said McDaniel carried out the transactions throughout July and into August. He said the victims realized their checkbooks had been taken from their vehicles once the checks were passed.

McDaniel is facing six felony charges of larceny by false pretenses, six felony forgery charges and six felony petty larceny charges. He is believed to have spent about $750 using the forged checks.


Man Snatches Purse on Richmond Road

The Williamsburg Police Department is looking for a man who snatched a purse from a victim on Richmond Road and then took off running.

The incident occurred Aug. 18 on the 2100 block of Richmond Road, near Ruby Tuesday and Taco Bell. Maj. Greg Riley of the Williamsburg Police Department said the suspect is a black male who is 26 to 30 years old, 170 pounds and 5’9” to 5’11”. He wore khaki pants, a gray hoodie and a white and red baseball cap.

Riley said the purse had a small amount of money in it. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP (888-562-5887).

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