Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman said his office’s investigation into the spate of break-ins determined that there was more than one person behind the burglaries. Four independent groups committed the crimes during the same time period, he said.
The burglaries occurred in the same general region and targeted similar valuables: in almost all instances, the suspects took jewelry, cash, electronics and firearms from homes, authorities said.
Charles J. Shirley, 32, of Martinsburg, W.Va., was charged with the burglaries of a home in the Lovettsville area in April 2012, three homes in the Purcellville area in May 2012, and a home in the Leesburg area in June 2012. Shirley is also charged with the Aug. 30 robbery of a resident in the Lovettsville area, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Samuel L. Green, 32, and Cory L. Jackson, 26, both of Harper’s Ferry, W.Va., the one woman among the suspects, were charged in an April 2012 burglary at a home in the Purcellville area. Both have been released on bond, authorities said.
Kenneth D. Dye, 44, of Brunswick, Md., was charged in connection to a break-in at a home in the Purcellville area in June 2012. Dye was released on bond, authorities said.
Jonathan D. Ruifrok, 30, of Leesburg, faces charges in connection with the burglary of three homes in Hamilton, Virginia. Ruifrok is currently being sought by authorities, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Damian S. Falero, 29, of Farmville, Va., and Ronald J. Brown, 27, of North Chesterfield, Va., are charged with the burglaries of two homes in the Leesburg area and a home in the Middleburg area, all of which took place in January. Both men remain held in other jurisdictions on unrelated charges, authorities said.
“I am proud of the hard work and cooperative effort our detectives put forth to solve these crimes,” Chapman said in a prepared statement.
The sheriff’s office’s investigation involved coordination with multiple agencies in several states, Chapman said.