Virginia Beach Burglary Suspects Face Multiple Felony Charges

by J.D. Garrett on October 23, 2013

Burglary Charges In Virginia BeachUnder Virginia law, the crime of burglary includes several different types of conduct. Generally, burglary crimes, and the penalties and consequences that come with a burglary conviction, depend on what the offender intended to do once he or she had broken into the person’s home or property. For example, the fact that the offender intended to commit rape once he or she broke into the home will be charged differently than if he or she broke in to steal money or other belongings. As three separate Virginia Beach cases demonstrate, different criminal burglary laws will apply in each unique set of circumstances.

Wavy.com reports that the Virginia Beach Police arrested several suspects in one morning in connection with three separate–and so far unrelated–burglaries. All of the burglaries occurred on the morning on September 25 of this year.

The first burglary allegedly involved several young men; a 17-year-old, a 16-year-old, and two 18-year-olds, Austin Blake McCoy and Stephen Louis Kronenburg. The young men allegedly broke into and entered a home on Sunninghill Court at around 8:45 in the morning. Police received a call from the homeowner, who said that he or she had found three of the young men downstairs, and they fled the scene. Police were able to catch the young men at a traffic stop. The young men were charged with several crimes, including breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Police were able to catch their second group of suspects about an hour later near Captain’s Run Drive. They were responding to a call regarding two males who had jumped a fence into a homeowner’s yard. Officers were able to spot 22-year-old Jquan Haskins and 22-year-old Tramone Antonio Johnson near the scene jumping another fence and arrested them. Mr. Haskins was charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and conspiracy to commit a felony, while Mr. Johnson was charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and other crimes.

The final arrest occurred at around 11:30 a.m. after another call came in regarding a man jumping a fence at Glenridge Court. Officers and a K-9 unit were able to apprehend the suspect as he ran in another yard. The suspect, 24-year-old Justin Andrew Brown, was ultimately charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and several other charges.

Virginia Burglary Law

Under Virginia criminal code 18.2-91, a person is guilty of statutory burglary if he or she breaks into and enters another person’s property with the intent to commit a felony other than murder, rape, robbery, or arson.  Under 18.2-90, it is Class 2 felony if the person was armed with a deadly weapon. If a person breaks and enters into another person’s property or home with the intent to commit murder, rape, robbery, or arson, he or she is guilty of a Class 3 felony criminal statutory burglary, or a Class 2 felony if he or she was armed with a deadly weapon.

Virginia burglary laws are complex and skills and experience are required to fully understand the penalties and consequences a burglary suspect may face. If you have been charged with violating Virginia criminal laws you should immediately seek out an experienced attorney. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Garrett Law Group, PLC, today for a confidential consultation.

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