Serial Burglar Nabbed with Comprehensive Effort
After a multi-faceted investigation, Fairfax County detectives charged 19-year-old, Nicholas Cormier of Alexandria with seven counts of burglary and five counts of grand larceny.
Homeowners in the Hayfield View and Glenwood Mews communities reported a series of residential break-ins between January 10th and the 15th. Patrol officers gathered essential information and provided it to detectives. Members of the local Neighborhood Watch reached out to community members and forwarded more information to officers and detectives. One neighbor gave valuable surveillance video from his home. Detectives were able to quickly develop an accurate suspect description and passed it along to patrol officers. The Franconia District Station, Crime Prevention Officer spread the word to the affected neighborhoods through the use of the social media platform, “Next Door.”
In the evening hours of Sunday, January 15th, an officer responded to a call about a man matching the suspect’s description, acting in a suspicious way, in the 5600 block of Glenwood Mews Drive. The officer found the man and engaged him in conversation. That man was identified as Nicholas Cormier. During the encounter, the officer noticed that Cormier was wearing jewelry she recognized as being similar to items stolen in at least one burglary. She photographed the jewelry and sent the photographs to detectives, along with Cormier’s information. The jewelry was positively identified by its rightful owner.
Detectives interviewed Cormier and then compiled all of the information, presented it to a magistrate and obtained arrest warrants for Cormier. He was initially arrested and charged with two counts of burglary on January 15. After further investigation, the remaining charges were placed against Cormier on January 19th. This case exemplifies the invaluable relationship that exits between community members and the police department. It is also a testament to the tremendous importance of Neighborhood Watch, social media and great police work.