CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A Chesterfield man thwarts a home invasion by struggling with a gunman at his front door. Less than a week later, two suspects are in jail charged in a string of home and car break-ins in the quiet Moseley Road area of Chesterfield County.
Police said the use of stolen credit cards led to a big break and a confession by both suspects. One victim said he can now rest easier.
Elliot Boyd hadn't been sleeping well. He said not after he struggled to keep a man with a rifle from coming into the home he shares on Moseley Road.
"We battled cause as soon as I saw that, I was trying to get the door closed," said Boyd.
That was the middle of the night last Saturday. Boyd didn't get a good look at the guy because he wore a mask.
His roommate found a small black sneaker left behind.
"We matched the shoe print where he tried to kick in the door and that's when we called 911," said Boyd.
22-year-old Tyler Dean and 20-year-old Dylan Martinez, Boyd's neighbor, are charged in the case.
Police said their crime spree began January 9th. First there were car break-ins in the 2300 block of Moseley Road, the same road where Martinez lives. An attempted burglary, attempted robbery and a burglary followed on Ahern, Moseley and Schloss Roads.
Police said the two are also responsible for a Powhatan County home burglary.
The big break in the case came when police said one suspect used stolen credit cards at the Wawa on Midlothian. Police said Dean was caught on surveillance at the counter.
Police said during their confessions, Dean and Martinez pointed fingers at each other as to who did what.
Boyd said people move to the Moseley Road area for peace, quiet and little crime!
Up until recently, Boyd and others were on guard terrified to sleep, but not anymore.
"Pretty relieved. I can sleep a lot easier now," said Boyd.
Police said both suspects could also face additional charges. The two suspects will face a Chesterfield judge in mid-March.