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Virginia Man Tackles, Restrains Burglar: Police

Suspect linked to other break-ins



    A Fredericksburg, Va. man was watching the Redskins game last Sunday when his dog started barking. Little did he know he'd be the one making a tackle. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011)

    Police arrested a burglary suspect after a Fredericksburg, Va., man tackled and restrained an intruder in his Fredericksburg home Sunday afternoon, police said.

    Robert Cline White 41, of Stafford, was arrested and charged with  two counts of burglary, two counts of grand larceny, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after allegedly breaking into a residence in the 300 block of Herndon Street.

    The resident  and his girlfriend were on the second floor when they heard his dog barking. When they walked down the stairs and entered the bedroom, they found an unknown man going through dresser drawers.

    The resident tackled the burglar and restrained him while his girlfriend called police. During the struggle, the resident's loaded handgun fell out of the intruder's waistband, police said.

    When police arrived, White was found with jewelry in his pocket and was taken into custody, police said.

    The resident told News4's Jane Watrel he learned a lesson and would no longer keep the gun loaded.

    White has been linked to a break-in at a residence in the 1200 block of Rappahannock Avenue just 30 minutes earlier, police said. He is also considered a suspect in several daytime robberies in recent weeks. 

    White is being held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail with no bond.

    The investigation has also led to two arrests through a search warrant. Investigators found heroin, marijuana and prescription narcotics at a residence in the 100 block of Hillcrest Drive, police said.

    Lauren Taflambas, 27, of  Spotsylvania, was arrested for possession of narcotics, and Shaun Smith, 32, of Fredericksburg, was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, felony possession of narcotics with intent to distribute and possession of narcotics.

    Taflambas and Smith both are being held at Rappahannock Regional Jail.