Man, two 13-year-old boys arrested during attempted burglary

William Simpson

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Three suspects, including two 13-year-old boys arrested during an attempted burglary, may also be connected to as many as 10 theft cases.

Police responded to Dorsey Road for a call about a burglary in progress around noon Monday.

They arrested William Simpson, 22, as well as two 13-year-old boys.

While executing a search warrant on the suspects, investigators found a stolen handgun, which they traced back to a theft case that originated in a City Center parking garage over the weekend.

“It’s disturbing, because now we, as law enforcement officers, have to worry about another gun on the street,” said Officer Steve Swan, who confirmed the gun had been stolen from an unlocked vehicle.

It was one of at least 10 such cases Newport News police responded to at City Center over the weekend.

Investigators say the suspects are connected to at least these 10 cases, and possibly more. In every case, the doors were left unlocked.

“Just use common sense. Lock the door,” Swan said. “There’s a reason why your vehicle has a locking mechanism on it. Use it.”

Simpson, a Newport News resident, faces eight charges, including burglary and grand larceny. He is being held at the Newport News City Jail, where he denied an interview request from 10 On Your Side.

Police will not release the names of the other suspects, because they are minors. Both are Newport News residents who now face four charges each, including burglary.