PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - A Prince George man caught a suspected burglar in the act early Saturday morning, keeping the man in place until police arrived. Christopher Nesbit, 25, took out a handgun and told the suspect to freeze, when Nesbit said he witnessed the man breaking into his mother's car.
"I was just pulling into my driveway around 4:30 in the morning, when I saw a leg sticking out of my mom's car," said Nesbit in an interview at his Disputanta home. "I keep my handgun in the glove compartment, I processed what was happening, and I told him to get on the ground."
Christopher Quick, 21, of Prince George is now under arrest. With 60 vehicle burglaries in Prince George since January, police are now determining how many crimes are connected to the suspect.
"When [Quick] was on the ground I called police, and officers were here within three minutes," Nesbit said. "The guy asked if he could get up and if I would let him go."
Hours later, Nesbit's father found a bag full of stolen possessions on his property, a bag that police say was left behind by the suspect.
"When officers opened it up, it was full of pocketbooks, wallets, coins and all kinds of stuff that he had stolen," said Anthony Nesbit in an interview Tuesday.
The suspect left a handgun inside the sedan owned by Nesbit's mother, along with several stolen prescription drugs. When police arrived and lifted the suspect off the ground, Nesbit remembered the sound of an eight inch hunting knife scraping the driveway.
"He had a gun and a hunting knife, so I'm just glad no one was hurt," Anthony said.
As the investigation continues, Quick has so far been charged with felony possession of a firearm. According to Prince George court records, Quick is a convicted felon, making it a felony to possess a weapon after prison release.
Police ask for the public's help to close the case by sending tips to Hopewell Prince George Crime Solvers. Information can be delivered anonymously by texting "igotcha" along with the tip to 274637. Crime Solvers can also be reached at (804) 733-2777.