Police: Man charged in series of September car break-ins, more car break-ins reported

Jimmy LaRoue
Contact Reporterjlarouejr@vagazette.com

While James City County Police have made an arrest in a series of car break-ins in early September, they are still looking for at least one suspect in more than 20 car break-ins that took place at the end of the month,

Xavier McKay, 22, of Newport News, has been charged with 17 counts of entering a vehicle without the consent of an owner with intent to commit a crime /malicious mischief, grand larceny of a firearm, five counts of grand larceny and two counts of petit larceny in connection to car break-ins in the overnight hours of Sept. 7-8.

James City County Police received numerous calls with regard to car break-ins in the Adams Hunt, Longhill Station and Windmill Meadow neighborhoods in the overnight hours of Sept. 7-8, with McKay allegedly stealing clothing, purses, change, cash, a laptop, a firearm and other miscellaneous items, Williams said.

One victim provided police surveillance video showing an unknown male entering two cars in one victim’s driveway, and it also showed another unknown male who appeared to act as a lookout, Williams said.

Williams said the lookout was an underage boy who admitted acting as a lookout as McKay broke into the cars.

McKay’s arrest comes after two men were arrested in August and charged in connection to breaking into 17 cars.

Marqtavius White, 20, of James City County, and Tavyion Antonio Scott, 20, of Norfolk, were found by police around 4 a.m. Aug. 10 and were taken into custody because of outstanding warrants out of Virginia Beach.

The two men allegedly broke into cars on Longhill Road at Season’s Trace, Glynn Springs Dr., Ben Franklin Circle, Oliver Walcott Spur, Spring East, Spring West, Lane Place and Roger Sherman Dr., Williams said.

More recently, more than 20 unlocked cars were broken into during the overnight hours of Sept. 26-27, Williams said.

The break-ins took place in the Villages of Westminster, Candle Station, Liberty Crossing and Station at Norge, and they happened between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., Williams said, with keys, jewelry, change and a computer among the items stolen.

Williams said residents should always lock their car doors.

LaRoue can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342, by email at jlarouejr@vagazette.com or on Twitter @jlaroue.

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