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Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Burglar strikes 11 Reston-area homes while residents sleep


An image of the suspect captured at a Maryland store. (Courtesy of Fairfax County police.)
Fairfax County police are looking for a burglar who has broken into at least 11 Reston area homes while residents slept and made off with purses and electronic devices.

The burglar strikes in the early morning hours and gains entry into homes through unlocked doors and open garages, police said. After robbing the residences, he often travels to Maryland to use stolen credit cards at stores, police said.

So far, police said residents have not encountered the man while he has been robbing their homes, so it is unclear if he is armed. Police said homeowners should assume he has a weapon for safety’s sake.

“These are quick-grab robberies,” said Officer Shelley Broderick, a spokeswoman for the Fairfax County police. “Locking your home is the biggest deterrent.”

Detectives have obtained surveillance photos of the man making purchases at some of the Maryland stores and are hoping someone can identify him.

The man is described as black, 5’6” to 5’8” tall, and between 160 and 180 pounds. He has short, black hair, a mustache and a round face. He has worn black, button-up short sleeve shirts and aviator-style sunglasses.
An image of the car police believe the suspect may be driving. (Courtesy of the Fairfax County police.)

He may be driving a silver or light blue BMW 5 series car from the early 2000s, police said.

Burglaries have occurred:

•Friday, April 1 in the 10000 block of Scenic View Terrace

•Sunday, April 17 in the 1300 block of Hunter Mill Road

•Thursday, August 18 in the 300 block of Springvale Road

•Thursday, September 29 in the 12000 block of Sandy Court

•Thursday, September 29 in the 10200 block of Browns Mill Road

•Thursday, September 29 in the 1200 block of Shaker Woods Road

•Thursday, September 29 in the 1200 block of Rowland Drive

•Friday, October 7 in the 7200 block of Churchill Road

•Thursday, October 13 in the 10500 block of Brevity Drive

•Thursday, October 13 in the 11100 block of Chessington Place

•Monday, December 19 in the 2100 block of Statute Lane

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. There is a $100 to $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

By  |  05:34 PM ET, 12/21/2011

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