Alexandria man arrested for stealing car parts, evading police in Fairfax County | ALXnow
A 33-year-old Alexandria man is being held without bail after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of vehicle parts from residential parking lots in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax.
Dustin Bradley Drake was apprehended by Fairfax County Police.
Drake, who is a multiple felon, has been charged with robbery, evading police, possession with intent to manufacture a Schedule I/II substance, destruction of property, possession of burglary and driving tools with a revoked license.
The first theft was reported on April 19 in the 5800 block of Trinity Parkway in Centerville.
“The victim went to his vehicle earlier in the day and it wouldn’t start,” police said in a search warrant affidavit. “The victim saw that the bonnet of the car had been tampered with and he could not close it properly. When he opened the hood, he found that his car battery was missing and the vehicle’s horn wires were cut.
Security footage showed two cars – a Nissan Murano and a Jeep Cherokee – overlapping behind residents driving into the secure parking lot. The suspects then parked on the fourth floor of the garage, pulled over and began pulling on the doorknobs, according to a search warrant affidavit.
Three days later, on April 22, another person reported a theft from their vehicle in Fairfax County. Among the items stolen were a car battery, an air intake system and an air filter, which represents approximately $7,000 in damages, police said in the search warrant affidavit.
Then, on April 29, Fairfax County police responded to the 4400 block of Market Commons Drive in the city of Fairfax after a man reported his truck was broken into and two handguns stolen.
“Security footage from the parking lot showed that a Nissan Murano entered and exited the parking lot just over an hour later,” police said in a search warrant affidavit.
The suspect’s vehicle was quickly located and the suspect was arrested. The Nissan Murano is being held as evidence by Alexandria police.
“During an interview after his arrest, Mr. Drake admitted to law enforcement that there were stolen items from inside his vehicle,” police said in the search warrant affidavit. .
Drake has multiple court dates this month.