Fairfax police use multimedia approach to catch burglary suspect

Video and social media both helped Fairfax County detectives arrest  man they think is responsible for more than half a dozen burglaries in the Hayfield View and Glenwood Mews neighborhoods in early January.

Nineteen year old Nicholas Cormier of Alexandria has been with seven counts of burglary and five counts of grand larceny.

The break-ins were reported between January 10th and the 15th. Patrol officers gathered essential information and provided it to detectives. Then, members of the local Neighborhood Watch reached out to community members and forwarded more information to officers and detectives. One neighbor gave valuable surveillance video from his home. Detectives were able to quickly develop an accurate suspect description and pass it along to patrol officers. The Franconia District Station’s Crime Prevention Officer spread the word to the affected neighborhoods through the use of the social media platform, “Next Door.”

In the evening hours of Sunday, January 15th, an officer responded to a call about a man matching the suspect’s description, acting in a suspicious way, in the 5600 block of Glenwood Mews Drive. The officer found the man and engaged him in conversation. That man was identified as Nicholas Cormier. During the encounter, the officer noticed that Cormier was wearing jewelry she recognized as being similar to items stolen in at least one burglary. She photographed the jewelry and sent the photographs to detectives, along with Cormier’s information. The jewelry was positively identified by its rightful owner.

Detectives interviewed Cormier and arrested him.  He’s been charged with seven counts of burglary and five counts of grand larceny.



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Ed Tobias
Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.