Two charged in larceny case involving 30 vehicles

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Dozens of vehicle owners who live near Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach woke up to a nightmare Monday. Police say thieves broke into 30 vehicles at the townhouses in the Timberlake area.

Neighbors told WAVY.com the thieves were working in a team of five. “You know, they spread out. One went this way, one went that way,” explained Nakayia Yarbrough.

Tiquan Speller, photo courtesy Virginia Beach Police.
Tiquan Speller, photo courtesy Virginia Beach Police.

Among the items the victims say the thieves took were a digital camera, a GPS, a bag of change and even a special surprise Andrew James said his wife had just bought  for their 10-year-old son. “She got him a PlayStation, cause he’s been on the honor roll since he’s been in school, and new cleats to start football season off with.”

What may be just as sad, the victims left themselves wide open. Police say all of the cars were unlocked.

Yarbrough’s advice, don’t get too comfortable and, “The best that I can recommend is make sure you lock your car door.”

Tuesday, police announced the arrests of two suspects, one of which is a juvenile. The other suspect, 18-year-old Tiquan Lovell Speller, 18, of Norfolk is charged with four counts of grand larceny, three counts of petit larceny and nine counts of entering or setting in motion a vehicle.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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