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Stakeout Nabs Rental Car Thieves

Two Virginia men believed to be involved in a series of larcenies from rental cars that plagued Fairfax and Loudoun counties for nearly two years were arrested outside a Sterling restaurant Thursday, May 6, in a police stakeout. Miguel Delacalle, 41, and Victor Serrallez, 51, both of no fixed address, are alleged to have been targeting the cars in Fairfax and Loudoun counties since September of 2002. During the Thursday night stakeout Sheriff's Investigators posing as diners inside the Red Lobster Restaurant noticed a male subject tampering with a car parked outside the restaurant. The two suspects were quickly surrounded by law enforcement and taken into custody. The men were found to have burglary tools in their possession. Sheriff's Office Crime Analysts estimate the damage from the larcenies and total amount of electronic devices stolen from the rental cars to be over $89,500 in Loudoun County alone. In December of last year the agency began conducting stakeouts with members placed in and around the parking lots. In total, 76 members of the Sheriff's Office worked over 1000 hours of overtime through the course of the investigation. Before May 6, the thieves had struck in the county as recently as February.

Delcalle and Serrallez have both been charged with grand larceny with intent to sell, conspiracy to commit grand larceny, possession of burglarious tools and vehicle tampering. They are being held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.