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Meat salesman may be linked to burglaries

By Potomac Local October 27, 2010 1:00 pm

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Devyn Shea, of Fredricksburg, has been charged in the burglary at a home in Farifax County.

Fairfax County, Va. –– A door-to-door meat salesman is under arrest, and police in the Groveton area say he may be linked to a series of burglaries there.

Officers were called to the 6300 block of Chimney Wood Court, just off South Kings Highway, about 4 p.m. Wednesday, after a woman said her purse was missing.

The homeowner told police a man who was selling meats came to her door, but when she said she didn’t want to buy anything, she closed the door and went back to what she was doing.

The man then opened the door, went inside the home, took the woman’s purse, and left again through the front door letting it slam behind him, said Fairfax County police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell.

The woman heard the commotion, went to investigate and saw the man getting into a white van with her purse in his hand.

Officers later found the man inside his van in the nearby Huntington Station Shopping Center, where he was arrested.

The man’s arrest comes after several neighbors have reported their purses and wallets being stolen in recent days.

Police are investigating whether the man now charged had anything to do with those burglaries.

Devyn Shea, of Fredricksburg, is charged with burglary, said Caldwell.

Police have asked anyone who think they may have been victimized in the recent string of burglaries to call investigators at 703-360-8303.

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