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Richmond police arrest crook on crutches

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A Richmond man is behind bars after police say, a broken leg and crutches couldn't keep him from breaking into cars in Shockoe Bottom.

44-year-old Brian Dores is facing a host of charges but this isn't his first run-in with the law. Dores had just been convicted of breaking into cars. Richmond police say probation, a broken leg, even crutches couldn't stop him from striking again.

Richmond resident "Jen" says, she saw the whole thing. 

"I noticed a gentlemen crossing the street who had a leg brace and crutches," she said. "But he was holding his crutches in one hand and he was kind of concealing a brick in the other hand."

Jen says, Dores used that brick to smash the window of a parked car.

"At first, I thought he was disabled and I felt a little bad for him, then I saw the brick and I thought, 'oh god, let's go!'"

Jen then called 911.

Lt. Dan Minton with Richmond Police says, his team rushed to the scene because they had already been investigating a spike in car-break-ins in the Bottom.

"We were very interested in getting down there and making contact with him," he said.

Freshly out of jail for this same crime, Lt. Dan says, Dores pleaded with the judge at his arraignment to keep him out of the slammer.

To that, Lt. Dan said: "If you're well enough to break into a car with a broken leg, you're well enough to stay in jail with a broken leg."

Dores will be back in court May 22.

While police investigate if Dores is, in fact, connected to the other car break-ins in the Bottom, they say, they'll continue to step up patrols in the area.

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