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Two arrested for burglary, destruction of property in Portsmouth

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Posted at 3:35 PM, Aug 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-20 15:35:31-04

Portsmouth, Va. – Two people have been arrested and charged with burglary in Portsmouth.

On August 19, 2013 shortly after 11:00 a.m. Portsmouth Police Communications received a call related to a suspicious occupied vehicle in the 2200 block of Oregon Avenue.

The occupants reportedly had left the vehicle and were walking between homes. Police immediately responded to the neighborhood.

Officers found the suspicious vehicle parked on the street, and occupied by 24-year-old Jimmy D. Holloman of the 1300 block of Mt. Vernon Avenue in Portsmouth. While officers were interviewing Holloman, other task force members were going door to door in an attempt to locate any evidence that a burglary may have taken place in the area.

Officers quickly found an unoccupied home, where the rear window had been broken. Someone had thrown an object into the glass causing it to shatter. The homeowner of 2206 Oregon Avenue was contacted, and confirmed his home had been burglarized while he was away. Several items had been taken.

Officers and detectives later discovered that Holloman and a second suspect, 23-year-old Thyrone Lynn Scott of the 1500 block of Mt. Vernon Avenue in Portsmouth, went to the victim’s home and knocked on the front door. After receiving no response, one entered the home, while the other waited in the vehicle. Scott ran from the location, after seeing police approach Holloman and the vehicle. The victim’s property was found, and recovered from the wooded area behind the home.

Holloman and Scott were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit a felony, burglary, grand larceny, larceny with intent to sell, and destruction of property.

With the help of neighbors, police officers were able to quickly identify and arrest the suspects.

The community has taken the initiative to watch out for each other, police say, and report any and all suspicious activity.

In the past two weeks, the burglary task force has arrested 16 people on 39 various charges, mostly related to property crimes, police say.

The officers have conducted 109 field interviews. From the interviews, numerous burglary suspects in active cases have been identified, and are currently pending charges.

A total of 9 summonses have been issued. The Burglary Task Force will continue to address residential and commercial burglaries in the City of Portsmouth, officials say.