A suspect wanted in connection with 15 armed robberies in the Northern Virginia area was apprehended by police in the Lincolnia area of Fairfax County Monday.
Patrol officers from the Mason District police station in Fairfax County provided detectives with information which lead to the arrest of Eugene Athony Thomas, 24, of no fixed address, after a joint investigation between the Fairfax County and the Arlington County Police Departments’ robbery squads.
Detectives located Thomas on Holyoke Drive in the Lincolnia-area on Monday, April 19 shortly before 7 p.m. He was taken into custody and transported to the Criminal Investigation Bureau for questioning. Thomas has been charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Evidence collected at the crime scenes helped link Thomas to at least 15 armed robberies; 11 in Fairfax County, three in Arlington County and one in the City of Alexandria. The robbery spree began on February 4, 2010 and ended on April 18. Thomas displayed a handgun in each of the robberies; nobody was injured.
The investigation continues and additional charges are possible.
A map of robbery sites and a surveillance photo of suspect is available here. (PDF)