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UPDATE | Suspected serial burglar found in small town in Virginia
The man who Bainbridge Island police say is responsible for the biggest string of burglaries in the island's history was captured by a fugitive task force that had help from Virginia State Police and the Floyd County Sheriff's Office.
Jason Michael Lucas was arrested Monday by the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, a group under the direction of the U.S. Marshal Service, that apprehends the most violent and dangerous fugitives in the Washington, D.C. area, Maryland and Virginia.
Bainbridge police identified Lucas, 34, earlier this month as the person responsible for more than two dozen residential burglaries this spring on Bainbridge Island. Bainbridge Police Chief Matthew Hamner said the U.S. Marshals Service office in Seattle was asked to help find Lucas after a warrant was issued for Lucas' arrest.
According to the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, Lucas was captured in Floyd, Virginia earlier this week.
Information was developed by members of the task force that indicated Lucas may have had family living in Virginia.
Members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force chased a number of leads that ultimately brought them to Floyd, a small town of less than 500 residents that's located in the southwestern area of Virginia.
According to the U.S. Marshals Service, law enforcement was able to identify Lucas and officers safely took him into custody without incident.
Lucas was booked into the Roanoke City Jail and is being held without bail. Authorities said he is currently awaiting extradition back to Washington state.
Bainbridge police said Lucas is thought to have been involved in 25 burglaries in Kitsap County, with 24 of those break-ins occurring on Bainbridge Island.
The string of burglaries stretched from March into April, and approximately two dozen homes were broken into during daytime hours. Authorities said earlier that the burglar, or burglars, responsible for the break-ins made off with easy-to-carry items such as jewelry, laptop computers and firearms.
Hamner announced the arrest of Lucas at the Aug. 25 Bainbridge council meeting.
He said the rash of burglaries was the biggest in the island's history, and he praised his officers for also putting an end to another recent crime spree — a string of car prowls that stretched into last year.
Late last year, Aaron Michaels Blysma was arrested in connection to three car thefts, three burglaries and about 40 car prowls.
Hamner said it was the largest string of vehicle prowls in the history of Bainbridge.
“I have to give credit to a police department that’s able to solve both crime waves and take both subjects to justice,” Hamner said.