On December 3rd, two of our LPO's observed a chronic property offender entering a parking lot. They did not see the suspect break into the vehicle in the lot; however, they maintained surveillance on him. The suspect was seen throwing identification in a dumpster close to the parking lot. One of the LPO's quickly phoned an on duty Police contact and advised her of the incident. While on the phone, he gave the name found on one of the pieces of ID that was in the garbage bin. VPD quickly ran the information and contacted that victim. The victim advised his vehicle was parked Downtown and he had left a laptop in the vehicle. The direction of travel and the description of the suspect was provided as well as his last known address confirmed on PRIME to the VPD. By this time, there was approximately a twenty minute delay from the suspect leaving the scene. VPD was able to wait at the suspect's house until he returned home and was arrested and the stolen laptop was recovered and promptly returned to the victim. Lest to say, the victim was ecstatic.
Thank you for the fantastic job, guys!