FRONT ROYAL – Police Chief Kahle Magalis said the department has arrested “a couple” of suspects believed to be responsible for the string of vehicle break-ins throughout town over the past two weeks.
The suspects were arrested last week on unrelated charges, and Magalis said he, therefore, could not reveal their names.
“There were a couple individuals who we thought it might have been; of course we haven’t got any proof of it yet,” Magalis said.
He said a couple of break-ins occurred each night, but he was not sure of the total number. The incidents were scattered throughout Front Royal, with a high volume in the town’s south section. The department stationed officers in those areas, but catching a suspect in the act of a break-in is difficult.
“It was easier to arrest them on a couple of unrelated charges and get them out of the picture,” he said. “Then, magically, everything stops happening.”
A Police Department news release states that the break-ins began the weekend of Feb. 17. Stolen items included purses, bank bags, firearms, cigarettes, and more. The incidents occurred mainly between 7 p.m and midnight. Windows were either broken, or vehicles were unlocked.