HPD Arrests Suspect in Commercial Burglaries

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Investigators with the Harrisonburg Police Department arrested a suspect connected to multiple commercial burglaries Thursday.

Ervin Guillen-Mendez, 18, of Harrisonburg, faces 15 charges in relation to burglaries that happened in the areas of Carlton Street and the 700 block of East Market Street and occurred in October 2013.

Guillen-Mendez faces five counts of felony breaking and entering, two counts of felony grand larceny, two felony counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, one count of a misdemeanor petit larceny and five counts of misdemeanor property damage.

“Burglary offenses, both residential and commercial, tend to be very traumatizing to owners and victims. Many times their sense of security and safety is lost after their home or business is burglarized. The Harrisonburg Police Department takes these offenses very seriously and works diligently to solve these crimes. As in many cases, the success of this case would not have been possible without the assistance of those within our community,” said Lt. Chris Rush, the division commander of the Criminal Investigations Division.

Anyone with additional information, who wishes to remain anonymous, is asked to call Crime Solvers at 540-574-5050. Tipsters may also text “HPD” plus the tip to CRIMES (274637).

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