October 27, 2005
There have been more than 50 break-ins in the city in recent weeks and a string of burglaries in Albemarle County.
Now police have two men in custody and tonight there's new information as to who these suspects are.
This may or may not surprise you but the two men police have in custody have long and detailed rap sheets.
First there's Bobby Neal Jones. He's charged with breaking into a home on Belmont Avenue and police say he's a suspect in other burglaries.
Today we pulled his rap sheet. He has 15 prior felony convictions, 10 of those for burglaries.
He's been in and out of prison. In fact, he was let out of jail about 7 months ago. One of Jones?s convictions was for 25 years and 12 months and a judge suspended 20 years of that sentence.
The second suspect, 42-year-old Elijah Edmundson Jr., faces 17 charges in Charlottesville and Albemarle County for stealing cars, breaking and entering, and forging stolen checks.
Edmundson has 10 prior felony convictions including 2 robberies. He's spent about 10 years in jail. He was let out in November 2004 about the time he moved to Charlottesville from Richmond.
All these prior convictions may keep these two behind bars for now. They are being held without bond at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional jail until they next appear in court on these new charges.
Edmundson and Jones were arrested separately and police do not believe the cases are connected.
Charlottesville police say this rash of burglaries is unusual and note that burglaries in the city are down 8% this year from last year.