Maryland Suspects Craig Hopta, Michael Lewis, Diana Seaborn Arrested In Series Of Northern Virginia Burglaries

10:46 PM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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MCLEAN, Va. (WUSA) -- Victims in as many as 14 burglaries in McLean, Vienna and Falls Church are relieved after the arrest of three suspects.

Fairfax County Police said in a statement that "While responding to four reports of burglaries in the McLean area on Monday, May 13, detectives spotted the suspect vehicle, a 2006, silver, Ford Explorer, unoccupied. Surveillance was set up on that vehicle and when the suspects returned to it, they were apprehended. "

Arrested are Craig Hopta, 29, Michael Lewis, 29 and Diana Seaborn, 34, all from Maryland. Police say they "were transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and they were each charged with four counts of burglary, two counts of grand larceny, two counts of larceny for resale, and possession of burglarious tools."

Monday's burglaries took place on Daleview Drive, Laurelwood Drive, Virginia Lane, and on Alvord Street.

Police say that detectives have linked these suspects to a larger series of burglaries including ten in the McLean area and others in the Town of Vienna and the City of Falls Church.

Police say other cases are also being evaluated to determine if they are connected.

Items stolen during the burglaries included jewelry, electronics, handbags, silverware and cash. Detectives have recovered some of the stolen property and will attempt to reunite it with its rightful owners.

One resident whose home was hit said she is hopeful she might get her wedding bands and other jewelry back, but is most please that "these people will pay for what they did."

Amber (she does not want us to use her last name) was on a field trip with one of her children when her house was burglarized. She says the feeling of being violated by strangers who had ransacked your home was stronger than she thought it would be.

"The combination of fear and anger that comes with that, that realization that someone thought it was OK to go off with it," she said.

The thieves could not get in through the back door after breaking the door's glass because there was a dead bolt key lock and the key was not in the lock. So, they went around to the front of the house, smashed a window and climbed in.

Her home was one of 10 burglars hit in McLean on Friday May 3rd between the hours of 10 am and 3:30. Her husband was actually home all morning, but the thieves hit when he went out for a short while.

Police say the investigation continues and additional charges are anticipated.

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