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Stafford Alert

Suspect Arrested for Burglary, Vehicle Tampering
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By Public Information Officer Amanda Vicinanzo
May 1, 2020

Stafford, VA. A suspect was arrested on Wednesday night by deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office after attempting to break into a residence and tampering with several vehicles in the neighborhood.

On April 29, 2020, at approximately 11:50 p.m., Deputy Earp responded to a breaking and entering in progress at a residence in the 100 block of Barrett Heights Road. The resident advised that a male subject had forced open the front door and was attempting to gain entry to the residence. The residents heard the sound of the door opening and pushed it shut after a brief struggle. The suspect then fled the scene.

Upon arrival, deputies conducted a safety sweep around the residence. A neighbor told deputies he had observed the suspect rummaging through one of his vehicles. Deputies then located the suspect hiding in the trunk of a vehicle. Drug paraphernalia was also located in the trunk.

The suspect was identified as Curtis Zipay, 30, of Stafford. He showed signs of being under the influence of narcotics. The investigation also revealed that the suspect had broken into four other vehicles in the area.

Zipay was taken into custody and escorted to the back of the deputy’s cruiser. The suspect then used his shoulder to strike Deputy Earp in an unsuccessful attempt to flee the scene.

Zipay was subsequently incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail on charges of breaking and entering, assault on a law enforcement officer, petit larceny, vehicle tampering, possession of controlled paraphernalia, and public intoxication.

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