Arrest in String of Burglaries

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

July 7, 2006

A Remington man and his alleged female accomplice face charges tonight in connection with a string of burglaries from here to Rappahannock.

In the last few months, sheriffs say a Bonnie and Clyde team cashed in by breaking into people's homes and they say it was what they were stealing and how they got away that led sheriffs to connect the duo to several area crimes.

Under arrest are 26-year-old Michael Lee Guy and 21-year-old Crystal Moody.

Fluvanna sheriffs say the two broke into a home on Union Mills Road a couple of weeks ago. A scared 15-year-old hiding inside called 911.

“There was no...bodily harm done to anyone because they were not able to ascertain the location of the caller,” said Fluvanna County Sheriff Ryant Washington.

The two fled before sheriffs arrived, but left a clue behind.

“The young lady was able to observe and identify a vehicle that could have potentially been in the area,” said Washington.

Ultimately it was Guy’s getaway car, sheriffs said, that linked him to the other crimes.

“We were able to find out they were suspects as well as offenders in some other localities,” said Washington.

Sheriffs said the duo's crime spree spans the map, with arrests in Rappahannock and Fluvanna and charges pending in Fauquier, Madison and Albemarle Counties.

The two allegedly stole mostly cash and rare coins from homes, a trend said sheriffs that links the suspects to crimes across central Virginia.

Detectives picked up on the pair’s trail in Culpeper, where Guy was allegedly cashing in some of those coins. Sheriffs say he took off from the bank in a car like the Fluvanna teenager described, but won't place a dollar value on the stolen goods.

“Certainly, I don't think that the dollar of the property value is way more than the concept of being traumatized towards the young individual,” said Washington.

Washington said this investigation is ongoing. Albemarle County police said they expect to file charges against the couple in the next two weeks.

Currently Guy is being held without bond and Moody has been released. Washington said they are scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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