South Riding burglar sentenced to four years in prison
An Alexandria man with a record of thefts was sentenced today to prison for breaking into homes and vehicles in the South Riding and Sterling areas in late January and stealing more than $5,000 in items.
Loudoun Circuit Court Judge sentenced Victor T. Ellis, 25, to four years in prison and five years supervised probation.
Horne also handed down 10 years of suspended time.
Ellis pleaded guilty on July 8 to four felony charges of breaking and entering and one count of felony credit card theft.
Authorities said Ellis broke into three homes in South Riding and one in Sterling. He gained access to most by using remote garage door openers left inside unlocked vehicles.
In the Sterling incident, Loudoun deputies said Ellis damaged the rear window of a home to gain entry and take jewelry, a laptop and other electronics.
Ellis was arrested March 10 after he led authorities on a high-speed chase from Fairfax County and into the Lowes Island area. Authorities said he crashed his vehicle about 6:30 a.m. near the intersection of Hardwood Forest Drive and Algonkian Parkway and fled from the scene on foot. Fairfax County Police later took him into custody in Herndon.
His prior criminal history includes convictions for auto theft, credit card theft, receiving stolen property and burglary as well as repeated contact with the juvenile court system, according to Heather Williamson, spokesperson for the Loudoun Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.
He's scheduled to appear in Loudoun County Circuit Court on Sept. 13 for a restitution hearing where prosecutors will argue that Ellis should make restitution in excess of $5,000 to four victims who were affected by his thefts.
For past coverage, see: Man who led deputies on high-speed chase charged in series of Loudoun burglaries