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    Suspect wanted for Chantilly thefts found in Mississippi

    Chantilly, theft
    Joseph S. Schrotz

    A man who led deputies on a 25-mile chase after allegedly stealing a vehicle Wednesday from Chantilly was arrested today in Harrison County, Miss.

    Joseph S. Schrotz, 22, was taken into custody during a burglary at a home in Mississippi, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

    Schrotz is facing multiple felony charges, including possession of a stolen firearm and fleeing in Mississippi. Charges are pending in Loudoun County in connection with the auto theft and the theft of firearms from a vehicle in Chantilly.

    Schrotz has ties to the Fairfax, Loudoun and the Newport News areas of Virginia along with areas nationwide, according to the sheriff's office.

    Authorities said Schrotz stole a 2009 Dodge Caliber from the area of Gothic Square in Chantilly. Three firearms – an AR-15 rifle, a .40 caliber handgun, and a 9mm caliber handgun – were inside the stolen vehicle.

    The firearms were reported stolen on March 26 from a vehicle on Ponderosa Drive, according to reports.

    Following the 25-mile chase, authorities said Schrotz fled the vehicle on foot and was able to escape deputies.

    The case is still under investigation by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.
    Public Safety / Eastern Loudoun / Stone Ridge /

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