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Two Men Arrested, Linked to String of Mason District Vehicle Thefts

Two men, Christopher Hemmelgrain, 31 and Michael Puckett, 25, both of no fixed addressed, were arrested and charged with larceny on Wednesday morning by the Fairfax County Police Department, who, linked them to at least ten vehicle larceny cases in the area, according to a press release from the department. Officers responded to a call for service from a man who saw people rummaging through his van on the 7600 block of Camp Alger Avenue at around 2:54 a.m.

Officers approached the men, questioned them and linked them to the theft of numerous items including a laptop, loose change, knives, cigarettes and Chuck-E-Cheese game tokens. The investigation is ongoing – detectives are looking into the possibility that the suspects are connected to dozens of similar break-ins in the Westlawn area of Fairfax County.

Property crime detectives are investigating and sorting through property, which will be returned to owners, if possible, and crime prevention officers are urging residents to keep vehicle doors locked and without any visible valuables.