$60K tool thief from Stafford Co. arrested in New York

WASHINGTON — A man who stole $60,000 worth of tools in Stafford County, Virginia, and sold them at truck stops on the way to New York, has been arrested.

Harry Herman Lamb, 53, had been sleeping in a room connected to the Fredericksburg Public Auto Auction on Warrenton Road, where police responded to a call regarding the theft of tools from a locked box.

A Stafford County sheriff’s deputy arrived and observed signs that the box had been pried open.

The victim said that an estimated $60,000 worth of tools had been stolen, and that Lamb had access to the dealer tags and keys when he was staying at the auto auction business.

A Stafford County detective later learned that Lamb was arrested by New York State Police after fleeing from police and crashing the vehicle he was driving, which had been stolen from the auto auction, a news release said. No tools were recovered from the vehicle.

Lamb later confessed to the Stafford County detective that he stole the tools and the vehicle from the auto auction and sold the tools at truck stops on the way to New York.

Lamb was charged in Stafford County with grand larceny and petit larceny.

In New York, he was charged with possession of stolen property, eluding, and several other charges. He was incarcerated at Madison County Jail in Wampsville, New York, following his arrest.

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