Stafford County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two suspects behind recent larcenies in North Stafford, according to spokesperson Amanda Vicinanzo.
Deputy Torrice responded to reports of a package stolen from a residence on Nugent Drive in North Stafford on March 18 at 1:39 p.m.
A resident had a doorbell video showing a male run up to the porch, grab the package and flee on a bicycle.
Torrice recognized the male as a suspect in a bicycle larceny on March 14 at Rodney Thompson Middle School. A resident had taken a photo of a suspect with the bicycle on Walpole Street shortly after it was stolen.
The deputy had information that the suspect lived in the area of Brannigan Drive, so he began patrolling the surrounding neighborhood in search of the suspect.
At the same time, Deputy Taylor advised that he was investigating another incident involving a suspect identified as Tahari Turk, 19, of Stafford, in the same area. They saw Turk dribbling a basketball in the driveway of a residence on Brannigan Drive. Torrice made contact with Turk and saw the stolen bicycle in the driveway. Turk was taken into custody and charged with conspiracy to commit a felony in connection with a cell phone larceny on Jan. 22. He was held at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond.
Deputies then received a call regarding a suspicious person going from house to house looking in windows in the area of Bruce Street. Torrice found a suspect on Walpole Street who was identified as Michel Smith, 29, of Stafford.
Smith admitted stealing several packages that day, including one from Nugent Drive. He told deputies that he threw the package away after realizing it only contained dog supplements. Deputies Torrice and Dominguez later located the stolen package behind the dumpster. Smith also admitted to stealing the bicycle.
Smith was taken into custody and incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail on a secured bond. He is charged with three felony counts of petit larceny.