Three charged in connection with Leesburg gun burglary
Three individuals have been charged in connection with a Jan. 14 burglary in Leesburg where two handguns and ammunition were stolen, among other items.
Detectives with the Leesburg Police Department were first able to connect Aleksander K. Shamloo, 25, of Leesburg, to the burglary in the 500 block of Ayrlee Avenue NW after a game console stolen from the home was sold to GameStop.
“We knew we had [the game console] missing and we just went there checking serial numbers,” said Lt. Jeffery Dube’ of the Leesburg Police Department. “That was the link that broke this whole thing.”
Also stolen from the home was computer and camera equipment, several MP3 players, jewelry, cash and other miscellaneous personal items.
After further investigation, detectives determined Shamloo had one of the stolen firearms.
He was charged Jan. 17 with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm. Shamloo is being held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.
As the investigation continued, authorities determined more suspects were likely involved in the case.
A Jan. 19 traffic stop in South Riding by a Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputy netted two additional arrests.
Donovan Gallagher, 23, and Marissa Arpajian, 21, both of no fixed address, were in the vehicle where the second stolen firearm was found, according to reports.
Gallagher was charged with purchasing a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
He’s being held at the detention center without bond.
Arpajian was charged with concealment of a stolen firearm and is being held in jail on a $1,500 bond.
The Leesburg Police Department, according to reports, is continuing to investigate recent burglaries of homes and churches as well as a law office that occurred during the same time frame as the Jan. 14 burglary.
Police are consulting with the Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney’s Office regarding additional charges.