Five individuals have been apprehended in connection with the theft of several guns from a downtown Leesburg restaurant.
On Nov. 23 at around 9:05 p.m., members of the Leesburg Police Department responded to reports of a burglary at The Cajun Experience restaurant at 14 Loudoun St. Earlier that day, between 12:45 and 12:55 a.m., suspects broke into the restaurant by pushing open a window pane and unlocking a back door. Once inside, the suspects forced open a padlocked closet and stole seven rifles and shotguns worth $3,300.
A former employee, Schuyler Charles Bertolette, 27, of Leesburg was identified from the surveillance video, and police issued a warrant for his arrest on charges of burglary and grand larceny. Bertolette was apprehended Dec. 2 in Silver Spring and is being held without bond in Maryland, pending his extradition to Virginia.
Another man seen on the surveillance video was also arrested. Through investigation, the second man was identified as Christopher Milum, 25, of Leesburg. Milum was arrested Dec. 3 and charged with burglary, theft of firearms, larceny with intent to sell and conspiracy to commit larceny. He is currently being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention center.
Also arrested on Dec. 3 were Peter Jeffrey Carfagno, 21, of Leesburg and Shayne Allen Harlow, 23, of Lucketts. Both men were charged with burglary, theft of firearms, larceny with intent to sell and conspiracy to commit larceny. Both men are still at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, with bond for Cartagno at $10,000 and bond for Harlow at $2,000.
A 16-year-old boy is also facing juvenile petitions for his role in the crime. His name was not released due to his age.
Six of the seven guns stolen have now been recovered, and police are continuing to search for the last one.
The Leesburg Police Department asks that anyone having any information about the incident, to call Detective Chris Vogel at 703- 771-4524. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the Leesburg Crime Line at 703-443-TIPS or use TIPSUBMIT from a smartphone or a computer. Links to TIPSUBMIT can be found on the police department’s website at http://www.leesburgva.gov/police