Two charged in home invasion

Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office investigator Aaron Springer, left, and Woodstock Police Department investigator Derek Good, walk outside a Lora Drive residence in Woodstock on Thursday morning where an alleged breaking and entering occurred. Rich Cooley/Daily
Shenandoah County Sheriffs Office investigator Aaron Springer lifts his evidence processing kit into his vehicle outside a Lora Drive home Thursday morning. Rich Cooley/Daily

Woodstock police arrested one man while another escaped Thursday morning after a homeowner on Lora Drive reported a break-in at her residence.

The man captured by police, Drago Lockhart, 22, of Front Royal, has been charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, petit larceny and vandalism.

Police identified the man who escaped as Thomas Caison Jr., 19. Caison, who has no fixed address, is described as 6 feet 2 inches tall and 180 pounds with brown eyes and brown or blonde hair. He is being sought on the same charges filed against Lockhart.

Woodstock Police Chief Eric Reiley said his department received the 911 call from the victim at 6:24 a.m. while the break-in was in progress.

“She was still asleep and heard the noise and that awakened her,” Reiley said.

Officers arrived at the scene as the two suspects were fleeing the residence, Reiley said.

“As the officers started to surround the residence, both individuals came out the door, fled out the door, and officers were able to apprehend one of them, and the other fled on foot,” Reiley said.

No one was injured, and no weapons were involved in the incident.

Reiley said a subsequent investigation of the surrounding homes revealed several vehicles that had been broken into before the home invasion.

Police were still trying as of mid-afternoon to determine if anything was stolen from the vehicles, Reiley said.

Reiley said the men entered the house through an open window and cut through a screen.

Reiley said police were also planning to speak to another person to learn if he or she had provided transportation to Lockhart and Caison before or after the incident.

Lockhart was being held without bail in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail as of Thursday afternoon.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Caison is asked to call 459-6101.

Reiley said Caison was recently released from the RSW jail. Caison was scheduled to appear at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Shenandoah County General District Court on a charge of misdemeanor assault or battery by mob, a case that is unrelated to the home invasion.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com.

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