Sheriff on Tabb area burglar: chances of catching him are high

YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office is reporting new developments in the investigation of a string of residential burglaries that have plagued the Tabb area for almost a month.

Deputies patrolling several Tabb neighborhoods Thursday night were called to the Marlbank Farms subdivision around 10:30 p.m. when a resident reported a suspicious vehicle. A blue Subaru with a dark hood scoop and loud exhaust had been seen making several loops through the neighborhood.

The vehicle was found in the middle of Old York Hampton Highway, but took off when deputies arrived. The Subaru turned onto Old Wormley Creek Road, then down a long driveway at a residence on the street. That’s where the suspect ditched the car and took off running.

The suspect was able to escape, but the incident revealed a few more clues that investigators are following up on.

The Subaru was stolen from a Virginia Beach dealership on July 30 when a suspect threw a brick through a dealership window and swiped the keys. The license plates on the car were for a Nissan, but have not been reported stolen.

Investigators were able to recover some fingerprints from the Subaru, as well as a few items that may contain DNA evidence. Sheriff J.D. Danny Diggs said his office was still processing the evidence Wednesday.

“We feel that this very well could be the burglar who was working much further south in the county, and since our little incident with this gentleman, we haven’t had any further burglaries, so hopefully we’ve scared him off … warning to him, we’re looking for him, and the chances of us catching him are pretty high,” Diggs said.

On Pamlico Run, in the Runningman neighborhood, deputies said someone may have climbed up a ladder into home and stolen electronics. It was the second reported incident in the neighborhood in recent weeks. Stephen Ferguson is head of the homeowner’s association.

“It makes everybody stand up on their toes a little bit more, I think … We have an email tree that all of our block captains and any other resident that wants to sign up for our email tree, when it comes to break-ins, suspicious happenings in the neighborhood, that everybody can get notified,” Ferguson said.

Deputies said someone threw a brick through a window in a home on Glebe Spring Lane in the Taylor Farms subdivision last week, and someone ransacked a house on Potter Lane in the Hawks Landing subdivision.

The sheriff’s office also believes an incident in Newport News on Monday is related to the residential burglaries: officers stopped a vehicle and recovered an iPad stolen during one of the Tabb area burglaries.

A post on the sheriff’s office’s Facebook page said all of this is being reviewed as new evidence, that will hopefully lead them to the suspect (or suspects). Anyone with information that can help investigators is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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