Police Arrest Suspect in Rash of Break-Ins

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

BRIDGEWATER, Va. (WHSV) -- A 22-year-old is at the Rockingham County Regional jail after being accused of a rash of break-ins in Bridgewater.

Ashly Fauls from Harrisonburg faces felony charges for breaking and entering and grand larceny. She faces additional charges for tampering with vehicles.

According to Bridgewater Police Sergeant Larry Papotnik, Fauls allegedly stole items from unlocked cars on Weeping Willow Lane and the Bridgeport subdivision on Saturday. Papotnik said 11 people were victims of the crime.

"What we would like people to do is to encourage is to keep their vehicles secure and the residents doors locked. Don't become a crime of opportunity," said Papotnik.

Heather Vigar helped with the arrest.

"At first I was a little upset. I walked outside and kinda looked at her and said I see what you are doing and I thought if she saw me she would run," said Vigar.

However, Vigar said she did not run.

"I saw her taking items from vehicles. He went after her, the neighbor, and caught her in the next neighborhood over," said Vigar.

Vigar did not have items stolen from her own car. However, she wanted to prevent other neighbors from being victims.

"I don't want to see other people get their property stolen or get taken advantage of," said Vigar.

The Bridgewater Police Department said these type of crimes are not common in the town. However, when they occur, people tend to steal everything from change to a laptop. Therefore, police recommend keeping those items out of sight.

"They don't believe they will become a victim until it actually happens," said Papotnik.

Vigar said she hopes this doesn't happen in her neighborhood again.

"I usually don't lock my car. I lock the house doors. But now we definitely willl. We learned a lesson from this," said Vigar.

According to Papotnik, drug use may have led to the break-ins. However, the incident is still under investigation

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