Monday afternoon, Hanover investigators arrested Mark F. Vaden, 53, of the 9100 block of Fetlock Drive in Mechanicsville, in connection to a break-in in the Fox Head subdivision.
The Sheriff’s Office had been investigating a break-in there, as well as in the Royal Glen and Milestone subdivisions. The investigation is ongoing and it is not yet clear if Vaden is responsible for two similar break-ins in those neighborhoods.
Vaden has been charged with one count of burglary, which is a felony. He is being held at Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover County without bond and is scheduled to appear for an arraignment in Hanover General District Court at 8:30 a.m. today.
Monday, Hanover County Sheriff’s Office requested help from the public to solve several nighttime, residential break-ins that have occurred since mid-August.
Since that time, the Sheriff’s Office has responded to three break-ins to homes in the Royal Glen, Milestone, and Fox Head subdivisions, where the suspect, or suspects entered the home during the nighttime. In two instances, the suspect(s) entered homes through doors that were left opened or unlocked and stole valuables. No one was injured during any of these incidents.
The Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating these cases and evaluating all evidence. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 365-6140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637 (CRIMES), using the keyword “iTip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
As the Sheriff’s Office works toward a resolution in this case, they are offering a few safety tips to help protect against these crimes:
• Report all suspicious or criminal activity immediately;
• Never leave exterior windows and doors (including garages) unlocked or opened;
• Utilize all deadbolts and alarm systems;
• Ensure there is adequate lighting around your home and that all foliage against the house is well trimmed so that it cannot be used by criminals to conceal themselves;
• Refrain from hiding a key on your property, and leave it instead with a trusted friend or neighbor.