Friday, July 19, 2024

This Week in Crime: Two Accused of Stealing Thousands in Clothing from JCC Stores


This week, two people were arrested in connection with a rash of burglaries in York County, and a Yorktown woman claims her home was burglarized.

Check out all the crime stories that did not make the headlines this week and others you may have missed below.

James City County

Two Accused of Stealing Thousands in Clothing from JCC Stores

A 25-year-old man and a 17-year-old man are accused of taking stacks of clothing from two James City County stores without paying for the items.

Police arrested Virginia Beach resident Darnell R. Jones and a 17-year-old, who is not being named due to his age, after months of investigation into the shoplifting incidents that occurred in True Religion and Belk.

Authorities said the two suspects walked into the True Religion in the Williamsburg Premium Outlets on Jan. 13 and each grabbed a stack of about 10 jeans before running out the front door.

The 20 jeans are estimated to cost more than $7,000.

Just after officers were dispatched to the True Religion, they received another call about a shoplifting at Belk in Windsormeade Marketplace, where two people matching the description from the first incident allegedly grabbed a stack of polo shirts and ran out the store.

The value of the shirts is about $4,000.

After nearly six months of investigating the incidents, police arrested Jones and the 17-year-old from Newport News.

Each face felony charges of grand larceny and conspiracy to commit grand larceny for both cases.

York County

Authorities Arrest Two in Rash of Burglaries

Two people have been arrested in connection with a series of burglaries and thefts in which thousands of dollars in tools and jewelry were stolen from York County homes.

York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Jerry Jorgenson Jr., 40, and Desiree Sangill, 39, on Thursday for stealing items on several occasions in recent weeks.  Newport News Police worked with YPSO in the investigation.

Incidents include a burglary from a home on the 300 block of Old Landing Road on June 28 and from units at Public Storage on the 7400 block of George Washington Memorial Highway (Route 17) twice between July 1 and 4.

Stolen items include utility trailers, generators, power tools, hand tools, lawn mowers and jewelry, according to the police report.

Jorgenson and Sangillo have last known addresses in New Jersey.

Jorgenson is charged with three counts of burglary, 12 counts of grand larceny and one count of damage to property, all felonies.

Sangillo faces three felony counts of possession of stolen property and three misdemeanor counts of larceny by false pretense.

Additional charges are pending in York County.

Charlie’s Produce and Grocery Reportedly Broken Into

Deputies are investigating a reported break-in at a produce and grocery stand on Route 17.

Ivey said more than $100 was stolen from Charlie’s Produce and Grocery, located next to Roberts Furniture in the 7600 block of Route 17.

Investigators believe the theft occurred between July 1 and 2. The suspect is believed to have entered the stand by breaking a window.

No suspects have been identified, and the investigation is ongoing.

More than $5,000 in Jewelry Missing from Yorktown Home

A York County woman came home from work July 1 to find her home burglarized, authorities said.

YPSO is investigating the burglary, which occurred at a home in the 8700 block of Route 17.

Authorities said the homeowner left her house at around 8:30 a.m. and came home around midnight to find a large pane of glass on her front patio door has been kicked in.

Deputies discovered household items, electronics and jewelry — all valued at more than $5,000 — were missing from the home.

No one has been arrested in the case, and the investigation is ongoing.

One Arrested in York County Family Dollar Robbery

A 36-year-old York County man faces two felony charges in connection with the robbery of a Merrimac Trail store.

Jeffrey L. Middleton is accused of displaying the handle of a gun at a clerk who worked at the Family Dollar between 6:30 and 7:40 p.m. June 28.

Investigators said Middleton walked out of the store with an undisclosed amount of money and a pack of cigarettes.

There were two other people in the store at the time, and no one was hurt during the robbery.

Middleton was arrested two days later and faces felony robbery and felony use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

YPSO Asks Public’s Help to Identify Suspect

YPSO wants the public's help in identifying this man. (Courtesy YPSO)
YPSO wants the public’s help in identifying this man. (Courtesy YPSO)

The York-Poquoson’s Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to help identify a suspect from surveillance footage.

Deputies suspect the man, pictured to the left, used a stolen credit card to buy more than $50 worth of merchandise June 11 from the Wilco Hess on the 3900 block of George Washington Memorial Highway.

YPSO posted the photo on its Facebook page Thursday to ask the public for help.

Anyone who recognizes the man should call the Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP or the Facebook tip line at 757-890-4999.

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