Chesterfield mother accused in string of home burglaries

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A surprising arrest in a string of home break-ins. Police said Chesterfield mom, Melissa Addison, confessed to taking her kids to school then hitting the road to swipe jewelry from people's homes in three counties.

Henrico's Varina community was hit the hardest, with 22 cases.

84-year-old Louise Corbin had deadbolts installed after a break-in at her Varina home last month.

Corbin said it's hard to believe a mother is the burglar! Corbin's jaw dropped when I told her about Addison's arrest.

"I can't imagine anybody doing it. I certainly can't imagine a mother," said Corbin.

Addison is accused of stealing or trying to take other people's belongings from nearly thirty homes between October 26th and December 2nd in Charles City, Chesterfield and Henrico counties.

Police said Addison, who lives in Moseley, would drop her kids off at school in the mornings then travel to Varina where she broke into 19 homes, some of them twice.

Last month, Corbin left her home on Yahley Mill Road to visit her sister who wasn't feeling well.

Corbin said her home was hit within thirty minutes of her walking out her door. Neighbors heard her security alarm go off.

"And the back door was left standing wide open," said Corbin.

Corbin said nothing of real value was taken. Just a jewelry box filled with costume pieces and a cedar box with some papers that didn't mean much inside.

"I'm sure it was not worth her time," said Corbin.

A break in the case came Monday, when Henrico police got a call from Chesterfield detectives about some recovered jewelry reported stolen from Henrico. Addison was arrested, and later confessed.

Corbin said she's not the fearful type, but is comforted to know she now has new deadbolts and a suspect is behind bars.

"I would accept an apology, but I don't think I would have any different feeling about what she had done and what she had done to her children," said Corbin.

Henrico police have warrants out for Addison, right now she's charged in two Chesterfield burglaries. Henrico police tell me their warrants will be served once she's released from Chesterfield.

Addison remains locked up in the Riverside Regional Jail. She'll face a Chesterfield judge in mid-January.

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