Two arrested in string of burglaries

Zachary Thomas Brown

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men on Monday in connection with burglaries at several businesses in Stephens City and Winchester.

There was a reported burglary alarm at Lantz Pharmacy in Stephens City at 1:38 a.m. on Monday, and when deputies arrived, Zachary Thomas Brown, 19, of Summit Point, West Virginia, attempted to run from the business, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

He was detained after a foot pursuit, according to the statement, and Brown, who was the lookout during the crime, told deputies that his accomplice, Justin D. Redick, 22, of Middletown, was still inside the pharmacy and could be armed. The SWAT team arrived and surrounded the building, and Redick agreed to exit the business and was taken into custody.

Capt. Aleck Beeman, of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, said narcotics and money had been taken from the pharmacy.

The two are also accused of attempting to break into The Smoke Shop in Stephens City just before the pharmacy burglary, breaking into Plato’s Closet in Winchester around 12:14 a.m. on Monday, and several other burglaries on West Jubal Early Drive that same morning.

Justin D. Redick

Redick has been connected to the burglary of Miller’s Ace Hardware Store in Stephens City and Cigar Place in Winchester earlier in July; at the time of his arrest on Monday, Redick was wearing the same clothing as the suspect in those burglaries. The firearms stolen from the hardware store were found at Redick’s home, along with numerous other items, the statement said.

Brown has been charged with two counts of breaking and entering and two counts of misdemeanor intentional property destruction, and Redick has been charged with three counts of burglary, the statement said. Both are being held in Northwest Regional Adult Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing today.

Anyone with further information in this case is asked to call the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office at 540-662-6162, or Crime Solvers at 540-665-TIPS.