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Police: Three Charged in Theft of Gun, Laptop and Other Items in Dale City

Most of the stolen property has been recovered, Prince William County Police said.

Police have charged three Woodbridge area residents in a grand larceny investigation after a Dale City homeowner reported the loss of a firearm, laptop, gaming console and jewelry, Prince William County Police spokesperson Jonathan Perok said.

Matthew Redding, 24, of South River Road, was charged with burglary, grand larceny, grand larceny of a firearm, and providing a false identity to police. Ashley Milstead, 27, of Kendale Court, was charged with burglary and grand larceny. Brian Richardson, 21, of Florida Avenue was charged with receiving stolen goods and receiving a stolen firearm. Their court date is June 19, and their bond information is unavailable.

Redding was arrested Sunday. Milstead and Richardson were arrested on Monday, according to police.

Officers initially responded to the report of a burglary in the 13300 block of Kerrydale Road on April 19 at 5:45 p.m. The homeowner told police that he'd been away since April 16 and came home to find $6,500 worth of items missing.

As there were no signs of forced entry into the house, police believed that the burglars got in through an unlocked back door. 

"During a canvass, a neighbor reported seeing an unknown man and woman going into the residence on April 18," Perok said. "Officers were able to identify the suspects from an unrelated traffic stop which occurred on the 18th, prior to the burglary being reported to police. Officers and detectives from the Property Crimes Unit were able to locate both individuals at an address on Kendale Court."

After an investigation, Redding and Milstead were arrested.

"Detectives further learned that a third suspect, Richardson, had obtained the stolen property from Redding following the burglary," Perok said. "A majority of the property has since been recovered."

The investigation is ongoing.

Joe George April 26, 2013 at 11:18 AM
Redding was arrested Sunday. Milstead and Richardson were arrested on Monday, according to police (after Redding turned information to have the other two arrested). "As there were no signs of forced entry into the house, police believed that the burglars got in through an unlocked back door." - WHY are we STILL leaving doors unsecured?!?!?!?!?! Luckily for the owner, "During a canvass, a neighbor reported seeing an unknown man and woman going into the residence on April 18"
Armed and Trained April 27, 2013 at 10:26 PM
My Brother from another Mother, Joe. This is a good reminder for us all to conduct a security check of our dwellings prior to leaving. Another point to bring up, if you have a security system use it even if you are home. Hell, especially if you are home to alert you that someone has made entry while you are in your shower or in the basement. Don't be an easy target for these knuckleheads.

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