HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) -- Police have charged 10 men in connection to a series of home invasion in Henrico and King William Counties, Henrico Police spokeswoman Lt. Linda Toney said.
"In most of the home invasions, the suspects forced their way into a residence, assaulted one or more victims, and took various items to include jewelry, cash and electronics," she said. "In some of these crimes, the victims sustained minor injuries."
The home invasions started in September 2013.
The Henrico crimes took place at homes in the :
- 3900 block of Genarce Lane
- 00 block of N. Virginia Avenue
- 1700 block of Winesap Drive
- 100 block of N. Laburnum Avenue.
"Over 100 charges have been placed for incidents that occurred in Henrico County," Toney said. "Various charges were placed to include: malicious wounding, abduction, use of a firearm in an abduction, robbery, attempted robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, use of a firearm in robbery, breaking and entering, breaking and entering while armed, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, and use of a firearm in commission of a felony."
Detective K. L. Johnson said this was not some elaborate scheme.
"They all knew each other. They would make phone calls to one another. See who was actually available to go do a home invasion. In some incidences we only had four in other incidences -- in other incidences we had as many as six," Johnson said.
Dell Peterkin, who lives across the street from one of the homes, said she is relieved the suspects are off the streets.
"Their place is in jail. And they need to be there for quite some time until they learn their lesson," Peterkin said.
Henrico police credited the public's help and the amount of manpower used by their jurisdiction and the King William County Sheriff's office.
They would not say if the home invasions were part of gang-related activity or some type of gang initiation. And they would not say if the suspects knew the victims. They say it's part of the on-going investigation.
Officials said the suspects could face more charges once the investigation wraps up.