Police briefs for Saturday, May 25, 2002

Police charge Warrenton man

with stealing boat battery to fix car

Two men chased and caught a burglar Tuesday after he stole a battery from a boat in the 14200 block of Newbern Loop, near Haymarket, said Detective Dennis Mangan, Prince William County police spokesman.

A neighbor of the 30-year-old victim saw the man stealing the battery from the boat, Mangan said.

Police responded and arrested Robert Allen West, 48, of 6406 Duhollow Road, Warrenton, and charged him with petit larceny and possession of burglary tools. West had several wrenches with him, Mangan said.

During questioning, police determined that West’s car broke down on Interstate 66. When he couldn’t get help, he went to steal the boat battery to get his car started, Mangan said.

No bond or court date information was available, Mangan said.

Phone, clothing stolen from cars at commuter lot

Two cars parked in the commuter lot on Prince William Street across from Osbourn High School in Manassas were burglarized sometime between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, said Sgt. Marc Woolverton, Manassas police spokesman, on Friday.

Burglars broke the passenger windows of a 1995 Honda and a 1994 Mazda and stole a Nokia cellular phone, a blue “Woman Fit,” gym bag, a pair of Adidas sneakers, some clothing and a set of stereo headphones. The value of the stolen property was estimated at $474, Woolverton said.

Anyone with information about this crime should call Crime Solvers at (703) 330-0330. Callers do not have to give their names or testify in court an may receive a reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in arrest.

Undercover narcotics officer makes arrest

The Prince William County Manassas City Narcotics Task Force arrested a man Wednesday after he sold crack cocaine to an undercover police officer, said Detective Dennis Mangan, Prince William Police spokesman, on Friday.

Details of the arrest location, bond and court date were not available, Mangan said.

Police charged David Allen Reeves, 20, of no fixed address, with three counts of distributing crack cocaine, Mangan said.

Neighbors say beer-swilling burglars likely were teens

Burglars broke two windows of an unoccupied house in the 1500 block of Carter Lane in Marumsco Village and drank some beer from the refrigerator between Tuesday or Wednesday, said Detective Dennis Mangan, Prince William Police spokesman.

Neighbors noticed two boys hanging around in the back yard of the house which was under renovation, Mangan said.

Neighbors told police one of the boys was white and the other was black. Both were between 15 and 18 years old, the neighbors told police, Mangan said.

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