Thursday, February 29, 2024

Man, juveniles face plethora of charges in connection with vehicle break-ins and car theft in Williamsburg

Ason Banks. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
Ason Banks. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

Williamsburg Police say there were “numerous vehicle break-ins” last month in the city and an investigation resulted in the charging of a Hampton man and two juveniles.

Ason Banks, 19, was initially charged with trespassing, obstruction of justice, false identification to law enforcement and possession of marijuana.

Tuesday police sought additional warrants, charging Banks with two counts each of credit card theft and causing or encouraging acts rendering children delinquent, eight counts of entering a vehicle with the intent to commit any crime and one count each of grand larceny, possession of a stolen vehicle, conspiracy to commit grand larceny, conspiracy to possess stolen property and conspiracy to commit credit card theft.

It was Oct. 16 when officers responded to a call of people trying to “gain entry in vehicles in the 200 block of Merrimac Trail.”

Police said “numerous” people fled the scene when officers got there, but a vehicle reported stolen was recovered.

Not a lot of details were disclosed, but police said it was during that time they learned of several vehicle break-ins in the area.

Police said during the course of the investigation, Banks was found in the area. He allegedly gave officers false information and fled, but was quickly apprehended.

Authorities also identified two juveniles they believe were involved in the break-ins.

One juvenile was charged with grand larceny, possession of a stolen vehicle, conspiracy to commit grand larceny, conspiracy to possess stolen property, credit card theft, obstruction of justice and two counts of entering a vehicle with the intent to commit any crime.

The other juvenile faces the same charges except obstruction of justice.

But the investigation is not over.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the break-ins or know of others involved to call Williamsburg Police, 757-220-6238. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers by phone at 888-LOCK-U-UP or online.

Crime Stoppers also has a smartphone app for submitting anonymous tips and pictures. To download the app, search “P3 TIPS” in your Apple or Android app store.


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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