Thief stole garage door openers before burgling Fairfax homes, police say

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FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. — Police say four burglaries in Fairfax appear to be connected after they discovered that in each case, the victims’ garage openers had been stolen from their unlocked cars beforehand.

There were two incidents in Fair Oaks around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, and two in Reston on Thursday morning. In one Fair Oaks case, the homeowner heard footsteps and found a man standing in his kitchen — the suspect fled holding his wallet. In the other Fair Oaks case, the homeowners heard their garage door chime, but couldn’t find the burglars upon going downstairs.

In one of the Reston cases, a victim again found a suspect standing in her kitchen, and he ran off with her wallet and purse when confronted. In another, a resident found a suspect in his home, trying to steal some of his belongings. This suspect also ran off with the victim’s wallet.

In all four cases, police discovered that garage openers were missing from the victim’s unlocked cars.

“In the three cases where the suspect was seen inside a home, he was described as a black man in his late teens to early 20s and around 6 feet tall,” said Fairfax Police in a press release. “He was described as slender and possibly weighing between 175 and 200 pounds.”

Anyone with information about any of these burglaries is asked to call the FCPD at 703-691-2131.