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Repeat Burglars Facing Multiple Charges

By: Althea Paul
By: Althea Paul

January 30, 2006

Two Charlottesville teens are facing some serious charges after a string of break-ins Sunday night, and this isn't the first time the two have been in trouble with the law. The two males were arrested just a few months ago for the same crimes to the exact same businesses.

"They did try to pry open the safe. They were unsuccessful there. There was a couple of dollars left in a jar downstairs that were taken," said business owner Bill Hopkinson.

Hopkinson's business was among one of several hit Sunday night along Dobelann Drive, just off Airport Road. This is not the first time this area has been targeted, and surprisingly enough, police say by the same two teenagers.

"These are the same two individuals that we arrested almost two months ago for exactly the same thing," said Lt. John Teixeira with the Albemarle County Police Dept.

Authorities say 18-year-old Joseph Albrecht, along with a male juvenile, broke into multiple businesses and churches back in November. Hopkinson believes then, the two bandits tried his business but couldn't get in, and even though this time they allegedly did, luckily they were nabbed after the alarm went off.

"I'm glad that they were caught," said Hopkinson.

Carol Cline's business was also one targeted last night. According to Cline, this is the second time the pair has broken into her office. She believes last night they were trying to snatch her laptop and a van parked out back.

"I've already called the police and told them 'you know, I've had it. This is enough. I'm 61 years old. I don't need this in my life,'" said Cline.

And it turns out business owners are not the only ones upset about the crimes.

"Having people out after committing 11 burglaries, and multiple other offenses on a small bond, that is the decision of the magistrate's office, and that's their call. They're an independent branch of the judicial system, but from a police perspective, it is extremely frustrating," said Lt. Teixeira.

Albrecht is being held at the Charlottesville Albemarle Regional Jail without bond. He was already out on bond from the other multiple burglary charges. Albrecht is set to go before a judge February 6 for the first charges.

Both teens in this case face multiple charges, including burglary, vandalism, and attempted grand larceny.


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