By Alex Bridges -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Authorities say a Woodstock man left a trail of damaged businesses during a drunken spree through town late Wednesday night.
Woodstock police also accuse Ryan Miller Knight, 26, of 259 Lakeview Drive, Apt. B8, of taking credit cards out of purses he removed from vehicles during the incident, according to a press release.
"We feel certain we got our person," Chief Eric Reilly, of the Woodstock Police Department, said on Thursday.
Knight remains held without bond at the Shenandoah County Jail on charges of burglary, destruction of property, credit card theft, larceny of social security cards, illegally entering a vehicle and being drunk in public, the release states.
Officers with the Woodstock Police Department responded to an alarm at Tire Distributors on South Main Street in town at approximately 11 p.m., according to the release. A suspect had attempted to break a window to gain entry into the business but was unsuccessful, the release states. Several minutes later police received another alarm call at the Fast Lane convenience store a few blocks away, according to the release. Officers arrived to find another broken window but no sign the suspect made it into the business. The suspect already had fled the scene on foot, according to the release.
Witnesses reported seeing a person fleeing the location before officers arrived, the release states. Officers used a canine to track the suspect and the dog followed the person's path to Mastercraft Carpet where they found another broken window, according to the release.
Police searched the area and found broken windows at Katie's Frozen Custard, Kingdom Come Pawn Shop and Las Trancas Restaurant, the release states.
No items were reported stolen from any of the businesses, according to the release.
Police found a person near the restaurant who matched the description given by witnesses.
"During questioning, officers observed several fresh cuts with fresh blood on the suspect's arm," the release states.
As officers continued to search the area, they discovered several discarded purses and, after further investigation, found they had been taken out of unsecured vehicles parked in the 100 block of East Reservoir Road, according to the release. Items reported missing from the purses included credit cards and social security cards, the release notes.
"The suspect was in possession of the stolen credit cards and social security identification," the release states.
Woodstock police were assisted by deputies with the Frederick County and Shenandoah County sheriff's offices and the Virginia State Police.
Police continue to investigate whether Knight is linked to any other recent burglaries or incidents of vandalism, according to Reilly. Anyone with information about the cases is asked to contact the Woodstock Police Department at 459-2141.