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Deputies: Wife killed in 'interrupted' break-in; suspect drove off in couple's orange SUV

Sheriff: 'If your tip leads to an arrest, you could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000'
Posted at 7:05 PM, Dec 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-27 23:41:04-05

CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. -- Deputies warned the man they said killed a woman after breaking into a Caroline County couple's home Saturday evening should be "considered armed and dangerous."

Deputies received a 911 call at 5:05 p.m. for a report of a shooting and stolen vehicle at a home in the 29000 block of Sparta Road.

Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa said the husband and wife "interrupted" a man who had broken into their home.

"When the male homeowner went inside to check the residence, the perpetrator exited the residence, shot the female, then took the homeowners' vehicle," Lippa said.

The victim, a 47-year-old woman, died at the scene, Lippa said.

Deputies said the suspect stole the couple's 2006 orange Honda Element SUV with personalized Virginia plates: CUKTL.

Additionally, Lippa said the homeowner spotted a brown or bronze Subaru Forrester or other small SUV in the area driven by a white male wearing an orange hunting hat.

If you have information about the case that could help deputies, call Investigator Garthaffner at 804-633-5400 or by email at You can remain anonymous by calling the tip-line at 804-633-1133 or Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

"You will remain anonymous and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000," deputies said.

You can also text info to CRIMES (274637), using the keyword “iTip” or send us your tip online at

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email to send a tip.

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