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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.


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