Monday, December 11, 2023

Police: These Portsmouth men were burglarizing vehicles in Williamsburg

UPDATE Jan. 24, 2020: Through a joint investigation with Portsmouth Police Department, Williamsburg Police were able to identify the third suspect who they say fled the scene of the vehicle break-ins on Jan. 22. Jerre K. Phillips, 21, of Portsmouth is charged with conspiracy to commit grand larceny.


Two men from Portsmouth have been arrested for allegedly burglarizing cars in Williamsburg.

Williamsburg Police said they are looking for a third suspect.

Brian Jamel Smith, 18, and Corey Antonio Taylor Jr., 20, are each charged with grand larceny, conspiracy to commit grand larceny, destruction of property, tampering with a vehicle, credit card theft, possession of burglary tools, possession of a stolen firearm and criminal street gang participation.

Police said they got a call around 4 a.m. Wednesday about vehicles being broken into in the 100 block of Sterling Manor Drive.

Authorities arrested the pair at the location, according to a police news release.

“Several stolen items were recovered including a ballistic vest carrier, firearm magazines, credit cards, and other miscellaneous items,” said police spokesman Charlie Ericsson, in the news release. “Also recovered, were three handguns which were stolen from another jurisdiction earlier the same evening.”

Authorities are asking anyone who may have information about this case to contact the Peninsula Crime Line at  888-LOCK-U-UP or call the Williamsburg Police Department  at 757-220-2331.

“Several of the items we have collected as evidence are not yet connected to a victim,” Ericsson said. “If you have had your vehicle broken into we urge you to contact your local law enforcement agency and file a report.”

Here are some tips from police:

  • Do not to leave valuables in their vehicles, especially firearms.
  • Make sure your vehicles are locked at all times
  • Park in a well light area when possible.
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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