RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Police say they caught two crooks, red handed! They're accused of breaking into numerous vehicles, stealing GPS units, and trying to resell the stolen goods to off duty officers.
29-year-old Justin Hunter and 39-year-old Lawrence Loflin each face three counts of larceny and vandalism of vehicles. The pair was busted last month when they ran into officers Glendon Cox and Larry Boxley in the 1000 block of Hull Street in Richmond.
It was around 10:30 at night. The officers were off duty.
"I was approached by two men. They asked me if I wanted buy a GPS and I was like, 'sure let me see what you got,'" said Cox.
Police say the men opened up a black duffle bag. It was filled with GPS units.
"They were all rolled up -- not in packages," said Cox.
Loflin and Hunter took the units out of the bag -- so the off duty officers could get a better look.
"They laid out the units in a line," said Cox.
Police say the men tried to sell them the units for $20 to $40 each. Instead of pulling out cash the officers pulled out their badges and arrested the men. They have a message for other criminals.
"Think twice. You never know who's walking around," said Boxley.
Police later discovered that several vehicles in the area had been broken into -- GPS units were stolen. Loflin and Hunter could face additional charges. Police say several of the stolen units have been returned their rightful owners.