Georgia man arrested

Published 9:30 am Monday, September 22, 2014

JACKSON – A month-old crime involving the theft of a vehicle from a Henrico residence has been solved by the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office.

Justin R. Bridges

Justin R. Bridges

Justin Ryan Bridges, 21, of Dawsonville, GA stands charged with felony breaking and entering, and larceny of a motor vehicle. He was extradited to Jackson from Williamsburg, VA (where he faces a misdemeanor destruction of property charge that occurred Sept. 2) and jailed under a $20,000 bond.

Bridges made his initial appearance on Thursday in Northampton County District Court.

According to Chuck Hasty, Captain of the NCSO’s Criminal Investigations Unit, local deputies responded Aug. 23 to Conoconnara Trail in Henrico about a larceny of a motor vehicle.  Deputy Ikeisha Jacobs was the first responding officer to arrive at the residence. She spoke with the victim, who reported that sometime between 4 a.m. on Aug. 22 and 10 a.m. on Aug. 23, someone had entered the garage area of the victim’s residence and stole a 2004 GMC truck.  Jacobs performed a neighborhood canvas and did not turn up any leads.

The case was turned over to NCSO Investigator Courtney Williams. He developed various leads in the case that led the investigation to Virginia Beach. Williams worked with Virginia law enforcement officials and the stolen truck was located in Newport News, VA on Aug. 25. Williams obtained warrants for the arrest of Bridges for felony breaking and entering and larceny of a motor vehicle.

According to an article published in The Virginia Gazette, Bridges was arrested Sept. 2 by the Williamsburg (VA) Police Department for allegedly popping balloons in a sculpture, which stood at the entrance of an apartment complex. That sculpture was estimated to cost between $350 and $500.

Williams contacted Williamsburg authorities about the pending warrants from North Carolina, and a fugitive warrant was issued for Bridges by Virginia law enforcement officials.

The victim’s vehicle was recovered without any damage, but Hasty said it was missing several items that were inside the cab.

Williams continues to investigate the incident for possible additional charges.

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