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Spotsylvania pair charged in slew of home burglaries


A pair from Spotsylvania is behind bars, after being charged with a slew of home break-ins, across four Virginia counties.

Investigators say Daniel McFadden, 25, and Amanda Thresher, 25, burglarized up to twenty homes since last summer. Their targets spanned Hanover, Spotsylvania, Caroline and Louisa counties. The pair is linked to eight home break-ins in the Beaverdam and Montpelier areas of Hanover, alone.

Officers report the suspects broke into many rural homes, through a window.

"The glass was on the ground," said Raymond Edwards of Beaverdam.

Edwards discovered his basement window smashed, back in December. The thieves grabbed cases of soda, an empty purse, and likely let themselves out the backdoor, since Edwards found it unlocked.

At Pat and Clarence Murphy's home, down the block on Tyler Station Road, thieves made off with cash, and an heirloom, golden ring.

"It was something that my parents had given me for my 18th birthday," said Pat Murphy.               "… Something I would pass to my daughter, to my granddaughter."

The burglars took the screen off of the dining room window," described Pat. She says the window was smashed, and both the front and backdoors, were also found unlocked.

Officers combed the couple's home, and the mess left by the culprits.

"Drawers were open. Closets were open...My jewelry boxes- all the little drawers were opened…all dumped on my bed," continued Pat.

Investigators say McFadden and Thresher routinely took jewelry and guns from houses. They struck during the day, when no one was home. The pair was nabbed Thursday, and are currently still behind bars.

"It was scary because we kept hearing about (burglaries) happening over and over," added Pat.

McFadden and Thresher are facing charges in Hanover and Spotsylvania. Investigators say more charges are likely to come. Officers are also working to recover as many stolen items as possible.

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