Middletown man arrested on breaking and entering charges

David Lussier

FRONT ROYAL — Deputies arrested a Middletown man Wednesday after he allegedly broke into a neighbor’s house.

Warren County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 61 Jackson Place in Middletown around 1 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a report of a break-in, authorities said in a press release. There they found David Edward Lussier, 34, who lives two houses over at 134 Jackson Place, still inside the residence.

According to the criminal complaint, the homeowners were not at the house but had been watching their home security video from their phone where they saw the break-in and alert authorities.

When deputies arrived, Lussier left the house and fled toward a wood fence behind the house, the release states. A tracking dog named Koda was deployed and bit Lussier on the upper-right arm, bringing Lussier to the ground, the criminal complaint states. Deputies cuffed Lussier and noted in the criminal complaint that he “smelled of alcoholic beverage.” Lussier refused medical treatment for the bite injury, which the criminal complaint describes as having small swelling but no puncture wounds.

Lussier was searched and deputies found a black face mask, binoculars, a pocket knife and a “slim metal object,” the criminal complaint states. Deputies also found a pair of gloves at the back fence of the property, an iPad, an additional pocket knife and “a box for a bottle of alcohol,” the complaint states.

The back door to the house had been damaged during the break-in, the complaint alleges, and the house’s security system sustained some damage as well.

Lussier was charged with breaking and entering, possession of burglary tools, petit larceny, intent to destroy property and resisting arrest. He is being held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. His next hearing is set for Dec. 27 in Warren County General District Court.

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