Three men arrested for burglary in Newport News

Posted at 1:32 PM, Jan 31, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-31 15:31:03-05
Newport News Police Dept.

Newport News Police Dept.

Newport News, Va. – Three men have been arrested and charged with burglary in Newport News.

Officials say at 12:19 p.m. on Tuesday, an anonymous caller notified police that they saw a burglary in progress at a home in the 300 block of Marlboro Road.

The caller reported seeing the men enter the home and then leave carrying a white, box-like object.

The caller also reported that a brown pick-up truck had pulled up to the home, and the two suspects got into the truck and then drove away.

Detectives in an unmarked police vehicle were in the area of Jefferson Avenue and Operations Drive and saw a truck matching the description of the suspect vehicle. Detectives followed the truck until additional police units arrived.

Police then stopped the suspect vehicle at Hogan Drive and Jefferson Avenue at about 12:32 p.m. and took the three men into custody.

Police reportedly saw a white safe in open view in the bed of the pick-up truck. Police contacted the burglary victims, who then confirmed that the box was theirs.

The three men were taken into custody. 

The suspects have been identified as Benjamin O. Harris, 32, of the 5900 block of Andrew Place in Newport News; James Lee, 25, of the 12300 block of Raynor Road in Smithfield; and James Batchelor, 20, of the 1000 block of North Avenue in Newport News.

Each suspect is charged with one count each of burglary, grand larceny, conspiracy to commit burglary, conspiracy to commit grand larceny, and possession of burglary tools.

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