Chesterfield student surprises thief in the middle of break-in

Posted at 12:02 AM, Sep 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-17 10:00:17-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) -- A Chesterfield high school student got off the bus and stepped into a terrifying ordeal.

Not long afterwards, Chesterfield police were searching from the air and on the ground for a suspect, with police circling Creekwood Road.

Buses unloaded their students in the middle of a breaking and entering investigation at a corner house off Round Hill Road and Ketchum Drive.

"It scared me a little,” said high school student Tyler Edge.  “He was a big dude."  Tyler was on edge after walking up to his front door.

"I realized there was a crack in it and looked in and saw a chair tossed over,” he said.  “So I took a step in and saw this guy rummaging through our laundry room."

Tyler says the crook got spooked and took off, running out the back door. He gave chase.

"He ran out the back door and I ran after him to lock it so he wouldn't come back inside," he said.

The suspect is described as wearing all dark clothing, measuring between 6’ and 6’2”, in his 30's with a buzz cut.  He took off in an unknown direction.

By air  and with a K-9 unit, police looked for the suspect for about two hours with no luck.  Forensics experts dusted the door hoping to pull a print.

"I'd like to know what is going on here,” said Lindsay Davis.  “This is a nice neighborhood."

Some neighbors coming home asked police to check their homes, adding there's nothing like a break-in in broad daylight to rattle your sense of security.

"It’s kind of strange to see this many cops for a break in,” said Davis.  “I thought it was a murder.  I'm glad it wasn't."

Police of course asking the public for help.  If you saw anything suspicious in the Round Hill Road area Monday afternoon, call Crimesolvers at 748-0660.