((Jamil Alam — Courtesy of Fairfax County police))

Jamil Alam, 20, of the 300 block of Signal Court, was arrested early Sunday morning and charged in connection with two burglaries in the Monroe Manor community in Reston, police said.

Police had Alam under surveillance and observed him breaking into the secure garages of homes, according to an affidavit for a search warrant filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court. The technique he used matched the method employed in other night time burglaries in the northern part of the county, police said.

The string of burglaries began in mid-March, when police received reports that someone was breaking into garages, stealing items from unlocked cars and entering homes through unlocked doors in the Great Falls area, according to a search warrant filed by Detective Brett Choyce.

The suspect often struck numerous homes and cars in a single neighborhood, according to the search warrant. The stolen purses and wallets often were found empty near the crime scenes.

Police focused on Alam as a suspect in one of the cases after a Fairfax County woman reported that on April 18 her purse had been stolen from her car, which was located inside of her secured garage, according to the search warrant.

The woman told officers she suspected the culprit was Alam, since she had heard he had threatened to “break in” to the family’s home after the woman’s son testified against Alam during a 2011 theft trial, according to the search warrant.

Police later recovered the woman’s purse about 100 yards from Alam’s home in a drainage ditch, according to a search warrant. Police also recovered other stolen property from thefts in Alam’s neighborhood, the search warrant showed.

Alam’s one-time girlfriend also told police he allegedly broke into vehicles and sold the items he stole online to make money, according to the search warrant.

Alam had previously been convicted of stealing a gun from a car in Fairfax County and had been charged with credit card and identity theft in Loudoun County, according to the search warrant.

Alam is currently charged with two counts of burglary, two
counts of grand larceny, two counts of attempted burglary, and possession of burglarious tools.  Detectives and investigators say they anticipate more charges and possibly more arrests in the case.

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to contact Crime
Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477.

The burglaries and break-ins occurred on the following dates and locations:

•3/12/12                       10100 block               Nedra Drive

•3/12/12                       800 block               Crews Road

•3/12/12                       10700 block               Riverscape Run

•3/20/12                       900 block               Holly Blossom Court

•3/20/12                       900 block               Holly Blossom Court

•4/16-4/17/12              1300 block               Pinstripe Court

•4/18-4/19/12              1300 block               Quail Ridge Drive

•4/22/12                       12000 block               Creekbend Drive

•4/25/12                       11500 block               Holly Briar Lane

•4/25/12                       11700 block               Holly View Drive

•4/25/12                       11600 block               Holly View Drive

•4/25/12                       900 block               Redberry Court

•4/25/12                       11700 block               Holly View Drive

•4/26-4/27/12              10300 block               Yellow Pine Drive

•4/26-4/27/12              10300 block               Yellow Pine Drive

•4/28/12                       2300 block               Concert Court          

•4/29-4/30/12              3300 block               Bywater Court           

•4/29/12                       3200 block               Laneview Place           

•5/3-5/4/12                  100 block               Falcon Ridge Road

•5/3-5/4/12                  200 block               Falcon Ridge Road

•5/6/12                         2600 block               New Banner Lane

•5/6/12                         2600 block               New Banner Lane

•5/6/12                         2600 block               New Concorde Court

•5/6/12                         12800 block               Framingham Court

•5/6/12                         12800 block               New Parkland Drive