Four men were indicted on racketeering charges Monday in connection with a major burglary ring that allegedly took more than $1 million from the homes of immigrants and people of Middle Eastern and Asian descent in Fairfax County, prosecutors announced.
Most of the suspects lived in New York, but police said they traveled to Virginia to carry out roughly 40 burglaries between October 2018 and February 2020 in homes in Oakton, Fair Oaks, McLean and other locations.
“The homes appear to be burglarized when the owners were out of town or gone for the evening,” said Fairfax County police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. “We suspect they were surveilling and profiling victims.”
Items stolen include an antique gold watch worth $30,000 to $40,000, $100,000 in cash and valuable artifacts from Africa and China, Guglielmi said. In all, police believe the value of the stolen items could be as much as $1.6