Authorities Collar Burglary Suspect

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

July 31, 2006

Kevin Leon Smith is suspected of committing over 40 home burglaries in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and Greene County, but with the hard work of several local police departments, he is now locked up.

The 18-year-old Smith was arrested on Friday afternoon in Charlottesville after a burglary in the Rose Hill Drive community. The owner of the home came home and found missing electronic equipment and called police. Soon after, Smith was found with the stolen goods.

Now, Charlottesville Police think he may be responsible for nearly 20 burglaries in the city alone. On top of those, Albemarle County has charged him with a slew of property crimes including 13 counts of breaking and entering. Police said this took both agencies working hard to crack the case.

"It's a good example of City and County police detectives working hand-in-hand when we see a spike in crime. In this case, as has been reported, we saw a significant spike in our region in respect to property crime, in particular residential burglaries," said Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo.

Allegedly, Smith would enter the homes during broad daylight and rob people of cash, electronics and jewelry. Albemarle County has also charged smith with 8 counts of grand larceny and 3 counts of petty larceny.

Smith is also believed to be responsible for at least five burglaries in Greene County and is also wanted for carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Right now, he is being held with no bond at Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.

His next court date in Charlottesville is September 7.

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