Two Centreville teens were convicted and sentenced last week in Loudoun County in connection with a series of vehicle larcenies in the area of Route 50. They are Kyle Thomas Burley and David Elliot Schreider, both 19.
They were arrested Feb. 27, and each was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, two counts of larceny from a vehicle, attempted breaking and entering and possession of alcohol.
DEPUTIES FROM the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office were called to the 25930 block of Gregory Court in South Riding, around 2:30 a.m., for a report of a possible burglary in progress. The resident was woken up by the sound of his garage door being opened and called authorities.
Deputies believed the teens entered one of the homeowner's unlocked cars and used a remote-controlled door opener to try to gain access to the garage and home. As deputies responded, they spotted a suspicious vehicle parked on nearby Spring Farm Circle, with the teens inside, and took them into custody.
Loudoun Sheriff's Office spokesman Kraig Troxell said there'd been several larcenies from vehicles in the Route 50 area that evening, on both the Fairfax and Loudoun sides of the county line. Inside the teens' vehicle, he said, deputies recovered numerous items from the burglarized vehicles.
"It's our understanding that they were looking for cars [to break into] that were unsecured," said Troxell. Regarding the alleged attempted burglary in South Riding, he said, "The boys claimed that, while they were inside the victim's car, they accidentally touched the garage-door opener."
BOTH BURLEY and Schreider appeared last Thursday, July 19, in Loudoun County District Court. At that time, Burley's two charges of larceny from a vehicle were both reduced to petit larceny.
Judge Frank Buttery found him guilty of both counts. For one charge, Buttery gave Burley a 180-day suspended sentence. For the other charge, he sentenced the teen to 12 months in jail, suspending 10 months and 10 days. All Burley's other charges were dropped.
As for Schreider, one of his larceny charges was also reduced to petit larceny, and the judge sentenced him to 12 months in jail, suspending all that time. Buttery also found him guilty of vehicle tampering and gave Schreider a 10-month suspended sentence. All his other charges were dropped, as well.