Winchester police report they have arrested two people in connection with a burglary on Eagle Drive.
The following press release was issued today about the incident:
Media Release October 7, 2010
On 10/05/10 at approximately 4:17 pm Winchester Police were called to a report of burglary s in progress. According to the caller an individual had entered the residence located at 561 Eagle Drive. The caller reported the individual exited the residence and left in a vehicle and provided a vehicle description as well as a description of the occupants inside the vehicle. Corporal Monse observed a vehicle matching the description traveling on South Pleasant Valley Road and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The occupants were identified as Elizabeth Golightly, 31 year old female from Winchester and Danny Funkhouser, 30 year old male from Stephens City.
Golightly and Funkhouser were later charged with Breaking and Entering in connection with the breaking and entering at 561 Eagle Drive. During the course of the investigation, representatives of the Winchester Police Department and the Frederick County Sheriff's Office executed search warrants on a vehicle and residence connected with the suspects. Items of evidence seized during the execution of search warrants were later linked to the breaking and entering at 561 Eagle Drive.
Despite the random nature of criminal acts, residents can take some simple steps to reduce the risk of property loss by:
- Securing valuables in locations other than jewelry boxes and change containers where criminals commonly look. For instance, jewelry and small valuable can be placed into the pockets of clothing hanging in a closet.
- Reducing the number of potential hiding places around the perimeter of your residence by trimming trees and bushes and ensuring adequate lighting.
- Ensure all windows and doors, have secure locks on them and the locks are being utilized at all times.
- Breaking up boxes from recent purchases (TV, computers) and put them in garbage bags so you don't advertise your recent purchase.
- Cleary display your house number, so emergency responders can find your home quickly.
Despite taking all the recommended steps, the possibility of becoming a victim still exists.
Therefore, you should be prepared to assist law enforcement in determining what items have been removed and attempting to locate your missing property by:
- Photographing and marking all valuable items within your residence such as television sets, computers, weapons, jewelry, precious metals, etc.
- Keeping a list of all serial numbers such as firearms, IPODS, game systems, etc.