Fairfax County police said yesterday that they have arrested a North Springfield man in the "piggy bank" burglaries and have confiscated a large quantity of coins and currency.
James Scantlin of the 7300 block of Falmouth Street was charged Monday night with six counts of burglary and three counts of felony bad-check writing, police said yesterday. Scantlin, 21, was being held at the county jail in lieu of $65,000 bond, officers said.
More than 20 houses in the West Springfield, Annandale and Fairfax areas of the county have been burglarized since Sept. 14, police said. They attributed the crimes to "the piggy bank burglar," so named because piggy banks were emptied and wallets and checkbooks were taken. Police estimated that a total of $10,000 was stolen in the series of burglaries.
Police said Scantlin's arrest came after fingerprints taken from some of the burglarized houses were matched with his by computer.
Scantlin was listed as having an Alabama address. Investigators learned his local address by checking records in the Fairfax County court system, police said. They then obtained a search warrant for his residence and confiscated bank deposit slips for about $5,000 in addition to the coins and currency, they said.
Lt. Justin Murphy, deputy commander of the West Springfield District station, said police officers confiscated from $300 to $500 in coins. A complete tally of their haul was not available last night.
From Sept. 14 to Nov. 2, "the piggy bank burglar" struck nearly every weekday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. In most cases, the houses were entered through unsecured second-floor windows, sliding-glass doors or entrances hidden by foliage, police said.