Suspect Arrested in Hessian Hills Burglaries

For six months now, the Hessian Hills and Canterbury Hills have been plagued with burglaries — dozens of them, often on weekdays, in the afternoon or early evening, with electronics and similar high-dollar items stolen. Some houses were hit twice. Now the police think they’ve got someone. In a join press release (below), the county and city police have announced the arrest of 41-year-old William Frances Breckenridge on Monday, charging him with stealing from a vehicle and homes. If this really is the guy that’s committed all of the crimes, that list of charges will have to get a whole lot longer. Thanks to Al for the news.

Albemarle County Police Department and Charlottesville Police Department detectives arrested 41 year-old Charlottesville resident William Frances Breckenridge on March 26, 2007 as a result of an on-going burglary investigation.

He has been charged with five felonies to include one count of Grand Larceny from a Motor Vehicle, two counts of Breaking & Entering Into an Occupied Dwelling, and two counts of Grand Larceny. These charges stem from incidents that occurred in the Hessian Hills and Canterbury Hills

William Breckenridge is currently being held at the Albemarle/Charlottesville Regional Jail with no bond. This investigation remains active and anyone with information on these incidents is encouraged to call Det. Giles at 296-5807, Det. Harris at 970-3280 or Crime Stoppers at

3 Responses to “Suspect Arrested in Hessian Hills Burglaries”

  • This guy had a slew of arrests back in the late 80s, so he’s back in action. Whatever happened to putting ‘”3 strikes and you’re out”-life imprisonment for career offenders?

  • Isn’t “3 strikes” just a California law? I’m usually not very sympathetic to criminals, but it doesn’t take much of an imagination to see how that law could result in gross injustice.

  • Yup, it doesn’t exist in the U.S. And for good cause. You’re getting people who were committed of a pair of felonies decades ago who today get caught with some weed and, just like that, life in prison.

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