Crime Line tip leads to suspect ID in Hampton burglary investigation

Posted at 12:43 PM, Mar 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-10 12:43:44-05

Hampton, Va. – Hampton Police have identified a 20-year-old man in connection to a burglary and grand larceny investigation.

The incident started on March 7 at 3:13 a.m. at the Walmart in the 1900 block of Cunningham Drive.

The investigation revealed that the suspect entered the gated area of the Lawn and Garden section of the business by cutting through the fence.

When he was confronted by an employee, the suspect fled from the scene without taking any property.

Justin Cole Martin

Justin Cole Martin

At 3:29 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Home Depot in the 1400 block of North Armistead Avenue in reference to a larceny complaint.

The investigation revealed that a suspect approached the front of the store and removed a riding lawnmower and two grills. The suspect loaded the items in a dark-colored pickup truck and fled the scene.

Thanks to the public’s assistance, the suspect was quickly identified as 20-year-old Justin Cole Martin.

He currently has warrants on file for one count of Burglary, one count of Attempted Grand Larceny, two counts of Possession of Burglary Tools, and two counts of Grand Larceny.

Anyone with information on the suspect’s whereabouts or other information that will assist police is encouraged to contact the Hampton Police Division at 727-6111 or the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.