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James City County man arrested for burglary, faces more charges

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Posted at 10:54 AM, Jan 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-18 10:55:45-05

James City County, Va. – A James City County man has been arrested for breaking into a condo in Williamsburg Plantation, and faces more charges on other break-ins in the area.

37-year-old Michael Joseph Morris was with burglary, grand larceny and misdemeanor property destruction.

Police say shortly after 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Morris kicked in a door to a time share unit located on Indian Fields Way in Williamsburg Plantation and stole a 40-inch flat screen television.

James City County Police were alerted to the theft and able to track Morris’ vehicle using GPS technology since they had previously installed a small tracking device in the television set due to previous break-ins and thefts in the complex.

Police tracked Morris to his residence in the 100 block of Raleigh Street and found Morris coming back out of his residence to his vehicle.

Upon seeing the officers, Morris ran back into his house and fled out a back door. After a short chase, he was taken into custody by uniformed officers.

Investigators searched Morris’ residence and recovered the stolen television along with additional television sets and other property that is believed to be stolen.

Among the property recovered is property stolen in a previous burglary at Williamsburg Plantation that occurred in December and property stolen from two vehicles in two different neighborhoods in June of this year.

James City County Police are continuing to investigate and additional charges are expected.

Morris is currently being held at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail without bond.