A 46-year-old Virginia man was charged with burglary after police said he went to several open houses pretending to be a potential buyer and stole over $15,000 worth of items.
Erik David Johnson of Ashburn was arrested Tuesday after investigators searched his home and found evidence that connected him to the thefts, a spokesman said.
He was charged with four counts of burglary and four counts of larceny, Prince William County police said Thursday.
Authorities think that Johnson attended real estate open houses in the Gainesville area since August. As a part of a ruse, he gave false information, toured the homes and allegedly stole jewelry, prescription medication and electronics, police said in a press release.
He later tried to pawn the items at stores in Loudoun County, authorities said.
Detectives tied Johnson to the burglaries through pawn store transactions of items reported stolen by homeowners, said officer Nathan Probus, a department spokesman.
Probus added that investigators think Johnson may have stolen from other homes, and they are investigating the incidents.