1 person arrested, 1 suspect flees after Chesterfield car break-ins

Published: Aug. 15, 2017 at 10:09 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 15, 2017 at 12:01 PM EDT
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Dewelt Harris III (Source: Chesterfield Police)
Dewelt Harris III (Source: Chesterfield Police)

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - The Chesterfield Police Department is searching for a person they say was breaking into cars early Tuesday near Richmond Christian School.

Officers were called to Gills Gate Drive in the Belmont area around 1 a.m. for reports of the break-ins.

Police were able to track down and arrest Dewelt Harris III, 20, of the 5500 block of Zion Ridge Terrace in Chesterfield. He is charged with grand larceny, wearing a mask in public and tampering with auto.

Michael White says his gun was stolen from the glove compartment of his car. He said the driver-side door was locked, but not the passenger side.

"When I looked at my truck, I saw my glove compartment was open," White said. "I said, 'okay, someone's been in my vehicle.' I called my wife and told her to call the police, and that's when I came around and looked in my glove compartment and saw my pistol was missing."

Anthony Bradshaw, White's neighbor, said three iPads for his children were stolen from his unlocked vehicle, but he got them back after police arrested Harris.

"They traced the WiFi signal back to my house," Bradshaw said.

Police believe Harris and a second person were responsible for the break-ins and thefts. They also said that a third car was damaged.

The second person fled the area and has not been found. Police have not released any information about the second suspect.

If you have any information that can help, call Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

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