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Suspect Wanted For Nearly 100 Northern Virginia Burglaries Arrested
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POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA) -- Police believe that a burglary suspect arrested in Potomac this week could be the same man responsible for a series of nearly 100 burglaries in Northern Virginia, police tell 9NEWS NOW.

As part of a joint investigation with Fairfax County Police, Montgomery County Police have charged Brad K. Edmonds, 34, of Oxon Hill, with burglary and handgun charges, and police say additional charges may be forthcoming.

Edmonds was taken into custody earlier this week as the joint police task force investigated break-ins and thefts reported in the 11700 block of Lake Potomac Drive. Police say there was at least one burglary, some thefts from cars and an attempted burglary in the same Potomac neighborhood.

Police began focusing on Edmonds, who has a history of burglary, drug, and weapons charges, after a Fairfax County resident reported a suspicious man in a residential neighborhood during late night hours earlier ths month.

Police stopped Edmonds after a traffic violation, got his consent for a search of his car, and found evidence that led them to believe he might be the man responsible for that series of burglaries. They began following him, looking for additional evidence of his connection to the burglaries.

In one Fairfax neighborhood where half a dozen homes were struck in one night, 79-year-old retired Marine Charlie Midkiff got the news of the arrest from 9NEWS NOW.

"I'm glad they got him. I'll be sleeping better," Midkiff said.

Police believe the burglar tried to break into Midkiff's home but was thwarted by a strong lock on his back door.

"Fortunate for him. He would have left here in a body bag," Midkiff told 9NEWS NOW.

Edmonds was arrested at about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 17th, after police observed him leaving that neighborhood, and recovered evidence that he had gained entry into at least one occupied home there.

Later that day, a search warrant was executed at Edmonds' Oxon Hill residence. Evidence was recovered including a rifle that had been reported stolen from an address on Drew's Lane in Potomac, earlier in the week.

Thursday, police executed a search warrant on his vehicle, described as a blue Oldsmobile Intrigue and recovered additional evidence, according to one source familiar with the investigation.

Edmonds, who, according to court records, lives in the 1100 block Kennebeck Street of Oxon Hill, has been charged with numerous burglary counts, handgun violations and other charges. He is being held on a $425, 000 bond at the Montgomery County Detention Center.

Police Chief David Rohrer said, "If I could dance in the street I would. I want to be cautious we have not finished our investigation but to have these many burglary cases and a suspect is truly a good story for us. I am so pleased and proud of our men and women. Residents will sleep sounder and safer."

There is an ongoing joint investigation between Montgomery County and Fairfax County police into other possible related cases. Anyone with information about the Montgomery County cases, or who believes that they may be a victim is asked to call the 1st District Investigative Section at 240-773-6084.

Anyone with information or questions regarding the Fairfax County Police investigation is asked to call their Public Information Office at 703-246-2253.

Written by Bill Starks & Manny Fantis

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