Woodbridge man arrested in connection with arson, 3 burglaries

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A Woodbridge man was arrested in connection with an arson and three burglaries, including two at a child care facility, police said.

Adrian Powell Bennett, 20, was arrested Friday, according to Prince William County police. He was being held without bond Tuesday.

Shortly after 1:30 a.m. Friday, police went to Lake Ridge Auto Care at 12234 Touchstone Circle because an alarm had gone off. Officers said they found a window broken on an overhead garage door, and as they were checking the property, they saw Bennett exit the business. He fled on foot but was apprehended after a short pursuit, police said.

Officers said they learned that Bennett took two sets of keys from the auto care center, which were for two different vehicles parked in a lot behind the business.

Police also linked Bennett to two burglaries that took place at a Minnieland Academy -- an early childhood education center located at 4290 Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge.

The first of these burglaries took place in the early-morning hours of Oct. 24. The center was entered through an unlocked window, and items that were stolen included a facility vehicle that was later set on fire, police said.

After this incident, Minnieland sent parents a letter, which said that "no one was in the building during the hour of the break-in, and at no time was there any danger to the children or staff."

The second burglary at Minnieland took place in the early-morning hours on Friday, before the burglary at the auto care center. Bennett entered the facility through an unsecured window, but no property was reported missing, police said.

For the Oct. 24 incident, Bennett was charged with one count of burglary, one count of grand larceny and one count of arson, police said. He was charged with one count of burglary in connection with Friday's Minnieland incident.

For Friday's burglary at the auto care center, Bennett was charged with one county of burglary, one count of destruction of property, two counts of attempted grand larceny, two counts of petty larceny and one count of resisting arrest, police said.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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Naomi Jagoda

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