Burglars in Fairfax County have expensive taste

WASHINGTON — Burglars with expensive taste have been busy hitting homes in one area of Virginia’s Fairfax County. Police say the 19 burglaries over the past several months in the West Springfield/Fairfax Station area (with some of the homes being off of Ox Road) could be related.

The homes have a few things in common; they back up to the woods and they have long driveways. The thieves go after fine jewelry and flatware. In one home, the thieves walked away with $110,000 worth of property.

Aragorn Smith, whose house in Fairfax Station was hit, tells NBC 4 he’s home most mornings but one morning he was out for about 15 minutes when the burglars stole more than $35,000 in jewelry and silver.

The silver is a family heirloom and irreplaceable.

“They headed straight for our silver. That’s what sucks. Great-Grandma brought it over on her lap on the boat. It’s like, ‘Oh man, we can’t even get that.’ It’s old Hungarian stuff,” Smith says.

Smith feels more should be done to alert the community.

“I definitely think the whole area should have been notified a little bit more.,” he says.

Fairfax County police say they post break-ins on the police website daily.

“It is difficult to link them by anything other than there was a large yard or they back to woods. That’s a lot of Fairfax County,” says Lucy Caldwell, spokeswoman for Fairfax County police.

Police say they have not given up on trying to track down the stealthy burglar or burglars but right now they have no descriptions to go on. Caldwell says all burglaries and other crime events are listed and posted on a daily basis to Fairfax County’s Daily Police Blotter.

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