FUGITIVE FRIDAY: Hanover seeks alleged forger & thief

By Matt Boyce - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) –    This week's Fugitive Friday feature is wanted by the Hanover Sheriff's Office for forgery and possession of stolen property.

In July of 2009, Hanover sheriff's responded to a robbery in the Hewlett area of the county.  It happened off of Ingleside Dairy Drive.  Police say multiple items were stolen from this house.

"A 36-inch flat screen television, some car equipment, some stereos, some speakers, actually a portable air condition unit was stolen," said Richard Wilson of the Hanover County Sheriff's Office.

While interviewing neighbors, police found some of the stolen goods, right next door to the victim's home.

"Some of the property that we recovered we sent down to the department of forensic science.  They conducted a latent print examination and we were able to find impressions that led us back to the suspect," Wilson said.

The suspect, Alejando Flores-Castaneda, was living in the house where the stolen items were found.  Police say he was working at a restaurant in Ashland but has since vanished from Hanover County.

"We have some information that he's working somewhere maybe in Fredericksburg maybe Spotsylvania county, maybe doing plumbing," he said.

Police say Alejandro is an illegal alien from Mexico and used an assumed name in a prior arrest.  He may have changed his appearance to slip under their radar.

"When he tried to cross the border in 1999, he had a full head of hair and in his arrest photo from 2009 he was bald.  So, he may try to grow his hair a different length to conceal his identity," Wilson said.

Finding accurate information on Alejandro has been a challenge for investigators.

"It's very difficult and that's why we need the citizen's help to find him," he said.

If you have any information on Alejandro Flores-Castaneda or any other fugitive from justice call 345-1212 now.  Officers will be standing by until 7 p.m. tonight or contact the Hanover County Sheriff's Office at (804) 365-6140 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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