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Va. man accused of stealing car, firearms arrested in Miss.

WASHINGTON – A Loudoun County man wanted for car and firearm theft in Virginia was arrested during a burglary in Mississippi Thursday.

Joseph S. Schrotz, 22, was arrested at a home in Harrison County, according to a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department news release.

Schrotz is facing multiple felony charges, including possession of a stolen firearm and fleeing in Mississippi. Charges are pending in Virginia linked to crimes in Chantilly, according to the release.

Schrotz led Mississippi deputies on a 25-mile chase while driving a car stolen from Loudoun County, the release says. He fled on foot and was able to get away, until police caught him in the middle of a home burglary a day later.

Inside the 2009 Dodge Calibur, reported stolen from Gothic Square in Chantilly on March 26, police found three firearms: an AR-15 rifle, a .40 caliber handgun, and a 9mm caliber handgun, the release says.

Loudoun County detectives continue to investigate this case.

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