Police probe 10 break-ins in McLean

Burglars forced their way into 10 homes in the McLean area Friday and swiped cash, jewelry and electronics, and police are investigating the possibility the same people might have been responsible for other area break-ins in the past, authorities said.

Police said they are looking for at least two suspects who are part of the “same crew” that broke into all 10 homes Friday. Police described the two suspects as a white man and a white woman in their 30s who were driving a pickup truck or El Camino-style vehicle.

The incidents occurred between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Strata Street, Sawyer Place, Barbee Street, Powhatan Street, Wise Street, Poole Lane, Dalmation Drive and Mulroy Street, authorities said.

Officer Bud Walker, a Fairfax County police spokesman, said the break-ins occurred when residents were not at home, though a witness was able to spot the suspects in at least one case. He said detectives were combing through old cases to determined whether there were any connections.

Police are urging retirees and others who might be home during the day to be vigilant, Walker said, and to report any suspicious people or vehicles they might spot in their neighborhoods.

“We need them to be our eyes and ears during the work day,” Walker said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

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