Authorities seek leads in Reva, Leon and White Shop burglaries
© Culpeper TimesDetectives with the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office are asking the public’s help in tracking down a suspect or suspects in at least 10 burglaries.
Since the end of July, detectives have been investigating burglaries occurring at residences in Reva, VA, Leon, VA and in the White Shop area of Culpeper.
While working with surrounding jurisdictions on the cases, detectives received information suggesting the burglaries are connected.
“Typically these incidents have occurred at residences between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.,” Lt. Jason Romero said today. “There is no sign of forced entry to any of the homes, leading us to believe the suspect, or suspects, use a credit card or other plastic to slip locks and open doors.”
Homeowners have reported varying amounts of U.S. currency and jewelry being taken from their homes; in several cases more than $1,000 was reported missing.
In most of the cases victims were unaware that someone had entered their home because doors were locked upon their return home. At least one residence is believed to have been entered on more than one occasion.
“We want homeowners to be vigilant and report suspicious activities,” Sheriff Scott Jenkins said today. “We strongly encourage all homeowners to keep their doors locked and to install deadbolts if they don’t already have them.”
The burglaries in Culpeper could be connected to similar incidents in other counties; Culpeper detectives are actively working with area authorities.
“At this point we’re not putting out details on the individual cases because we’re focused on collecting unbiased leads from residents,” Romero said. “We’re following up on tips and we stress the importance of keeping homes properly secured.”
Anyone with information related to these cases is encouraged to call the CCSO Criminal Investigations Division at (540) 727-7523.
Residents witnessing suspicious activities (at any time of day) should call 911 to make a report.