Prince George police report spike in burglaries

Antonio Blackman
Antonio Blackman

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
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PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) – An arrest is made in a string of burglaries in Prince George County. Police say 18-year-old Antonio Blackman broke into homes and stole everything from electronics to cash.

Within the last month the county has seen a major increase in burglaries. They say Blackman has confessed to committing four of those crimes.

Sharon Bartlett's home was burglarized twice -- most recently this week.

"I feel extremely violated. Creeped out that somebody was in my house," said Bartlett.

The crimes are happening across the county in clusters. Mainly in the northeast, northwest, and south end of the county. The thieves are getting away with everything from cell phones and I-pods to cigarettes and cash.

"He came in through the window and cut a hole through it with a saw so he could fit in," said Daniel Long, employee at Newville Country Store.

Employees at the store say the thief got away with several items including a donation jar filled with cash. They now have bars on the windows. Police say the crooks are forcing their way into doors and busting out windows to gain entry.

The pastor at Newville United Methodist Church says she forgives the person who broke into her place of worship.

"We're praying for him. Even on Sunday we prayed for him," said Pastor Beverly Nelan.

Police are asking residents to be on alert.

"The majority of the break-ins are happening during the day when people are at work or on vacation," said Lt. Brian Kei.

As for Bartlett she has deadbolt locks that are now going on her doors. She says the crimes have shaken her peace of mind.

If you have any information on these crimes you're asked to call Crime Solvers at (804) 733-2777.

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