July 8, 2013
A string of events early Monday morning in Albemarle County, beginning with car break-ins on a quiet neighborhood street, ended with one man arrested and another on the loose.
Many residents on Huntington Road, where the break-ins began, said they didn't hear or see a thing.
"I am a little surprised by that," Huntington Road resident Joseph Varaksa said. "Usually if something does happen, the neighbors, we usually talk if they've heard anything, seen anything, any kind of noise in the night."
Albemarle County Police responded to Huntington Road around 3 a.m. Monday for reports of car larcenies in progress.
"We had officers respond to the scene there," police spokeswoman Carter Johnson said. "When they were on the scene, they did see a car that was driving away at a high rate of speed, so the officers attempted to stop that vehicle."
That car was leaving Huntington Road from the Carrsbrook Drive intersection. Police say the car sped toward Rio Road, running a stop sign, and continuing onto Pine Haven Court. That's where the car struck a parked sedan and a set of brick stairs.
The driver and two passengers fled on foot.
"It wasn't contained to one area," Johnson said. "The officers responded, tried to initiate a stop. The driver continued to drive away from the scene, and ended up wrecking the vehicle."
After the suspects fled, police caught up with one on Greenbrier Driver. He was arrested, but another two suspects remain on the loose. Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.
"We understand that there's concern in the community," Johnson said. "We have had a number of car break-ins throughout the summer, so we do want people to be alert, be aware, be our eyes and ears in the community."
Through it all, police say no one was injured.
The activity didn't disrupt many people on Huntington Road Monday morning, as they're used to some different sounds.
"Usually it's just a train coming through in the middle of the night, but no car break-ins that i'm aware of," Varaksa said.
Police say they're continuing to search for other suspects. They haven't released the name of the man they have in custody, but say charges are pending.