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Man Is Charged with Burglaries

It's taken more than two years for authorities to catch up with Darryl Ponce Kinnard. But now that they've nabbed him, they've charged him with nine crimes — including a pair of burglaries in Centreville.

Kinnard, 50, of 6707 Janet Lane in Fort Washington, Md., is accused of the Dec. 3, 2005 burglary at Ambala Bazaar in the Centreville Square Shopping Center and the Dec. 4, 2003 break-in at Bella Pizza in the Fort Hill Building at 5900 Centreville Road.

Fairfax County police say he was captured Dec. 4, 2005 in Alexandria, after an officer saw a man behaving suspiciously in the 6200 block of Little River Turnpike. A record check then revealed that this man, identified as Kinnard, was wanted for a burglary in Centreville since 2003.

POLICE ARRESTED him on the outstanding warrant for that offense — the burglary at Bella Pizza — and also charged him with unauthorized use of a 1995 Honda Civic that had been stolen from Prince George's County, Md.

Further investigation led police to also charge Kinnard with commercial burglaries in Falls Church and Alexandria from 2005, as well as the one at Ambala Bazaar. Altogether, he's charged with four counts of burglary, four counts of grand larceny, unauthorized use of a vehicle and one count of larceny with intent to sell.

In a Jan. 17 affidavit for a warrant to obtain forensic evidence from Kinnard's person, Det. Mitchell Motafches of the Sully District Station's Criminal Investigations Section, explained why Kinnard is suspected of committing the burglary at Bella Pizza.

He wrote that, between Aug. 14, 2003 at 10 p.m. and Aug. 15, 2003 at 7 a.m., someone broke into that business, after it was closed for the evening. Entry was made by breaking the glass front door. Once inside, the intruder stole $230 from the cash register.

When the manager arrived for work on the 15th, wrote Motafches, he noticed "what appeared to be drops of blood on the floor, mixed in with the broken glass. The blood was not there upon closing, the night before, and appeared fresh at the time the burglary was discovered."

Police Officer James Kirk responded to the scene and collected a sample of the blood. It was then dried, packaged and transported to the Virginia State Division of Forensic Sciences for analysis. Wrote Motafches: "A subsequent comparison against the Virginia DNA Databank [indicated] that the collected DNA sample was consistent with the DNA record of Darryl Kinnard."

HOWEVER, to further corroborate this finding — now that Kinnard had been arrested — the detective requested a new DNA sample be taken from him to compare with the blood found at the crime scene. This was then done on Jan. 17.

Burglary and grand larceny are each punishable by a possible maximum of five years in prison so, if convicted of everything with which he's charged, Kinnard could receive as much as 40 years behind bars. He's currently being held without bond in the Adult Detention Center and has Feb. 21 and March 7 court dates.