Virginia Serial Burglary Suspect Arrested in Maryland

Police believe they have a Fairfax County, Va., serial burglar in custody in Montgomery County, Md.

The suspect was arrested earlier this week after Montgomery County police officers observed him committing a crime in the Potomac area.

Fairfax County police had created a task force to investigate a series of burglaries and developed 34-year-old Brad Edmonds as a suspect through information gathered from the community.

At 4 a.m. Nov. 8, police responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle and were able to link the vehicle and the driver to the burglaries, and several burglaries were then reported in that area, police said.

Fairfax County police told Montgomery County police about the suspect, as there had been a series of residential burglaries in the Potomac area. Fairfax County task force detectives were conducting joint surveillance with Montgomery County police Tuesday night and Wednesday morning when investigators observed Edmonds break into two vehicles parked in a driveway in the 11700 block of Lake Potomac Drive, police said. Soon after that, police recovered evidence that Edmonds had committed one residential burglary and attempted another in the same area. Cash and personal items had been taken from the home and the vehicles.

Police stopped Edmonds and arrested him at about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Later Wednesday, investigators searched Edmonds's Oxon Hill, Md., home and found evidence related to the series of burglaries and thefts, police said. They also found a rifle that had been stolen from a vehicle in Potomac Monday or Tuesday.

Yesterday, investigators searched Edmonds's blue 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue and recovered more evidence, police said.

Police linked one person to more that 100 residential burglaries and other incidents in Fairfax County and believed the same person was involved in similar incidents in surrounding jurisdictions, the Associated Press reported.

Edmonds was charged with first-degree burglary, attempted first-degree burglary, two counts of malicious destruction of property under $500, two counts of theft between $1,000 and $10,000, two counts of rogue and vagabond, theft under $1,000, fourth-degree burglary tools, possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being held on $425,000 bond in Montgomery County. More charges could be filed.

Anyone with additional information about the case should call Montgomery County police at 240-773-6084 or Fairfax County police at 703-246-2253.

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