Police arrest neighbor for murder of elderly couple

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) - Colonial Heights police have made an arrest in the murder of elderly couple 84-year old Joseph and 80-year old Evelyn Bland.

Tonight, 27-year-old Matthew Franklin Brady is behind bars, facing two counts of capital murder and two counts of robbery.

Colonial Heights police say with the help of the Virginia State Police forensics team and several tips from the community, they were able to make an arrest one week after the couple was found dead in their home at 119 Conduit Road. The state medical examiner says Evelyn and Joseph Bland were each hit over the head several times. Police aren't commenting on the murder weapon or it's whereabouts.

Police say Brady, who has a criminal past, did not put up a fight when he was arrested at a friend's house on the 100 block of Lafayette in Colonial Heights.

Police say Brady lived in a home on Conduit Road, which is directly across the street from the Bland's. Investigators say Brady and the Bland's knew each other.

The Bland's brand-new 2011 Mercury Grand Marquis was found three blocks from their home the night they were found murdered. Police say Matthew Brady stole the vehicle along with several items of value. Police have located some of the items, but won't say where.

Colonial Heights Police Department spokesman St. Robert Ruxer said detectives collected "a significant amount of evidence" and are sending it off to a state lab for testing.

The investigation continues. Brady could face more charges. The Bland's home was broken into on Father's Day 2010. Thieves attempted to snatch a very heavy gun safe, but abandoned it in the backyard of the Conduit Road home. Police are investigating where Brady had anything to do with the June 2010 break-in.

Police say there could be more arrests and that Brady is cooperating with police.

Brady is being held without bond at the Riverside Regional Jail.

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