Career Criminal's Arrest Leads To More Suspects

April 3, 2007

William Breckenridge was arrested last week in connection with a string of burglaries around the Hessian Hills area.

While investigating Breckenridge police were also able to take Leroy Washington into custody.

Police said both he and Breckenridge have been in and out of prison since the 80s arrested on various burglary charges.

According to police, Breckenridge, known as the ghost, watches for people to come home, waits for them to leave and then steals from them before disappearing. Investigators hope these arrests will put a stop to many burglaries.

"William, the ghost, Breckenridge is probably the most prolific burglar that I have seen in my 30 years of law enforcement around here," said Charlottesville police Capt. Chip Harding.

According to a search warrant, the investigation also led police to the Royal Inn Motel where they found a group of suspects selling stolen goods from a motel room. Albemarle County Police confiscated plasma TVs and a laptop computer.

Some of the stolen items have been returned to their owners, while many other items have not been recovered.

Police said there were about 20 burglaries around Hessian Hills in the last year.

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