Multiple break-ins and thefts reported across city

Winchester Police Department (WPD) officers responded to multiple break-ins from 10:00 p.m. May 17 into the early morning hours of May 18, 2018. Nearly twenty locations, including businesses and private residences, reported to police that their properties had either been broken into or tampered with.

Five victims reported that cash and/or cash boxes were taken from their businesses. Investigations of the businesses showed signs of forced entry. Others reported that alarms had been set off, but no property seemed to be missing during the initial investigation. The businesses affected were located on West Jubal Early Drive, Featherbed Lane, Millwood Avenue, and Valley Avenue.

During the same time frame, victims reported that vehicles and residences on Burton Street, Buckner Drive, Rodes Circle, Ramseur Lane, and Magruder Court had been broken into and items removed. The vehicles were unlocked.

Witnesses reported to police that two suspicious individuals were walking at approximately 2:30 a.m. in the area of Rodes Circle and Mahone Drive with bags over their shoulders. A breaking and entering was discovered on Mahone Drive as well, with the victim missing property from his vehicle. A search of Meadow Branch Avenue led officers to recover some of the property.

Officers later made contact with Andrew Garrett Robinson, 20, of Winchester, in a parked vehicle on Meadow Branch Avenue near the stolen property from Mahone Drive. A brief investigation led officers to discover that Robinson had taken the vehicle from a residence in the area, as well as the stolen property from the vehicle on Mahone Drive. Robinson was arrested for larceny of a motor vehicle and larceny from a motor vehicle. He was transported to the Northwest Regional Adult Detention Center. He was released on an unsecured bond.

The investigation is ongoing.