Deputies says ‘pillowcase burglars’ facing more than 80 charges


ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – Six people have been arrested for a rash of break-ins throughout Hampton Roads. Deputies say the four men and two women were responsible for break-ins in York, Isle of Wight and Gloucester counties.

“I was madder than heck,” said 85-year-old Beverly Hanna, an Isle of Wight resident. “I thought, ‘oh my gosh.'”

Hanna can’t forget the moment a couple months ago, when she walked into her home and found it ransacked.

“They just broke the wooden door,” Hanna said. “They just destroyed it.”

Hanna says the thieves went to her bedroom, right for her jewelry. She soon learned she wasn’t alone.

Isle of Wight deputies say in late July, there was a rash of burglaries. They then heard of similar occurrences in Gloucester and York.

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When authorities compared notes, they saw the crimes were connected.

“We began to see a pattern that they were experiencing a high number of burglaries,” Isle of Wight Lieutenant Tommy Potter said. “On the days that they didn’t have houses getting broken into, we were having houses that got broke into.”

Deputies say the suspects operated the same way every time. They would come through the back door and steal possessions they could sell for fast money. They were known as the “pillowcase burglars.”

“They would take pillowcases from the houses, put all the stuff in the pillowcase and exit out the door,” Potter added.

Deputies arrested Gary Martin, Jordan and Justin Ramsey, Bethany Wilson, Krysten Gandee and Remy Milloy. They are connected to more than 20 burglaries and are facing 81 combined charges.

Potter says most of the jewelry has been recovered and investigators have more jewelry, but haven’t found its owners. If you recognize any of it (see below), call the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office at 757-357-2151.