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A 19-year-old man faces up to 20 years in prison for stealing a video game system and a safe containing jewelry from a York County home with his younger brother.
Melvin R. Jones and a 15-year-old boy, who is not being named due to his age, broke into a home in the 200 block of Windsong Lane and stole a PlayStation 4 game system and a heavy safe containing more than $1,000 in jewelry from an upstairs bedroom, Commonwealth’s Attorney Benjamin Hahn said.
Authorities with the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene, where the victim’s son said he had seen Jones carrying something heavy in his hands a few hours earlier.
Deputies then received a call from a bystander who saw Jones and his younger brother dragging the safe and the PlayStation down the street.
Hahn said the woman asked the suspects what they were doing, and Jones replied “none of your business.”
The woman then used her cell phone to film the two. According to Hahn, the video shows the PlayStation falling out of the curtain that was being used to drag the stolen items before the 15-year-old boy “smacks” the cell phone out of the woman’s hands.
Investigators obtained a search warrant for Jones’ home and found the sweatshirt and backpack he had been wearing in the video.
The safe containing the jewelry was found near victim’s residence.
Jones pleaded guilty to one felony count of grand larceny and one felony count of breaking and entering with intent to steal.
He will be sentenced in York-Poquoson Circuit Court at 10:30 a.m. July 7.