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Crime Insider: Home break-in suspect posed as Uber driver to see if anyone was home

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Posted at 5:12 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 17:20:49-05

CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. -- There's been two home break ins and one attempted break-in within a half mile stretch in Caroline County, not too far from the Hanover County line.

Deputies say they believe the same suspect is involved in all three incidents.

Sitting off Route 1 and across the street from Peaceful Point Farm, one homeowner says a man was on their front porch posing an Uber driver.

Deputies believe that the suspect was trying to see who was home.

"I think it's a likely thing for us to believe at this time is that if they opened the door, they would've been a target," said Lt. Travis Nutter with the Caroline County Sheriff's Office.

Minutes later, deputies believe the suspect scoped out his next victim, an 83-year-old woman.

Investigators say she was outside the home and came back inside to find the man going through her belongings.

She encountered a masked man that she described as a black male with a medium complexion, about 6 foot tall or taller, wearing a face covering and a cap.

Investigators say the man forced her into a bedroom and proceeded to steal jewelry before running off.

Crime Insider sources tell Jon Burkett that the woman was screaming and used her car alarm to scare the suspect off.

Neighbor Richard Leeper owns a non-denominational ministry near the alleged crimes.

"We have a lot of folks that come on property unannounced to enjoy quiet time with the animals and of course we encourage that. So, it's very disturbing to find places so close to us, that kind of disturb that peace that we try to enjoy," said Leeper.

Caroline County investigators say the suspect was driving a white Mercedes with blacked out windows. There was no license tag on the front and possibly no tag on the back either.

Anyone with information on this case please call the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office at 804-633-5400.