A Gainesville teenager is facing charges related to multiple thefts and a burglary.
On Friday, a homeowner in the 8500 block of Foal Court told officers a DVD player, valued at $300, was stolen from a car inside his garage, Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok said. The person got into the garage through an open door between 9 p.m. Thursday and 5 a.m Friday, and the car had been left unlocked, police said.
Around the same time, another officer was in the 8400 block of Cleveland Bay Court after a caller said a car, with the keys left inside, was stolen from a driveway between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. The officer heard an explosion and police and fire crews discovered a car nearby "fully engulfed in flames," according to Perok. Police said the car was the one stolen from Cleveland Bay Court.
In the same area over the weekend, other people reported thefts from vehicles to police, Perok said, including a gun which was stolen from an unlocked vehicle on Filly Court between 10 p.m. Thursday and 1:45 p.m. Friday.
A tip police received on social media led officers to one suspect, a 17-year-old Gainesville boy, and he was arrested Sunday, Perok said.
Officers continue to investigate more thefts in the area, and the Fire Marshal's office is helping police with the investigation into the car arson, according to police.
The Gainesville teen is charged with burglary and grand larceny in the Foal Court incident, grand larceny-auto in the Cleveland Bay incident, and grand larceny - firearm and petit larceny for the Filly Court incident, police said.
He was held at the Juvenile Detention facility and his next court date was not available.