Police: Man could be serial burglar

Fairfax County police have arrested a man they believe could be connected to a series of more than 30 burglaries across Fairfax and Loudoun counties over the past year.

Police said Thursday that officers took Rasheed Yusuf Ali, 39, of Sterling into custody late Wednesday night after he allegedly broke into a home in the 11300 block of Fairway Court in Reston. Police spotted him on North Shore Drive about a half-mile away.

Ali was charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of grand larceny, police said.

Lucy Caldwell, a Fairfax County police spokeswoman, said police had previously connected more than 30 burglaries to a single suspect based on “commonalities” in the crimes in the Sully, Fair Oaks, Mason and McLean districts. Caldwell said the burglaries typically took place in the early evening hours, when homes were unoccupied and dark, and that the burglar targeted jewelry and cash.

Police have not charged Ali in any of the additional incidents, they said. Police ask anyone with information about the crimes to contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-8477 or at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org.

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