Police Arrest Man Suspected in Run of Burglaries in Reston and Herndon
Suspect targeted homes, stole jewelry in morning break-ins.
Fairfax County Police on Wednesday arrested a man whom they caught in the progress of burglarizing a house in the 1200 block of Admiral Zumwalt Drive in Herndon.
John Cornell Rudd, 24, of 4227 Portsmouth Circle in Manassas, was charged with burglary, grand larceny, possession of burglary tools, as well as several traffic charges. He is being held without bond at the Fairfax County Jail.
Rudd is believed to be responsible for a run of seven broad daylight break-ins in the area since mid-October, said Fairfax County Police Lt. Thomas Rogers.
"Police had a lookout vehicle and noticed a blue minivan where it did not belong," Rogers said about the apprehension on Wednesday. "They ran the tag, and saw it was a stolen vehicle. Officers later saw a garage door on Admiral Zumwalt that had not been open when they looked previously."
When the suspect drove away officers pulled him over and the man tried to flee on foot. Officers chased the suspect through the neighborhood and caught him about 11:15 a.m. near where Route 7 and White Oak meet, Rogers said.
Previous related incidents:
|Oct. 11||12300 block Stone's Throw Drive, Reston|
|Oct. 13||1200 block Rowland, Herndon|
|Oct. 19||12900 block Dwight Street, Herndon
|Oct. 20||10800 block Hunter Gate Way, Reston|
|Nov. 9||1200 block Shaker Drive, Herndon|
|Nov. 11||2900 block Oak Shadow Drive, Herndon|
|Nov. 16||1200 block Admiral Zumwalt, Herndon|
The incidents all occurred between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Rogers said. Rudd allegedly entered the homes by forcing open a back door.
Rogers says jewelry was mainly stolen from the homes. Police recovered lots of stolen merchandise in the van, then found more items after they obtained a search warrant for the suspect's Gainesville motel room.
The burglaries were unrelated to several recent ones in Great Falls. However, the same detective, Jason Allegra, was responsible for nabbing the suspects in both cases, Rogers said.