Portsmouth man arrested on burglary charges

Published 3:01 pm Monday, June 10, 2013

ISLE OF WIGHT—A Portsmouth man has been arrested in connection with a series of residential burglaries that hit Isle of Wight and Southampton counties from late March to early May, according to Kristin Wilda, spokeswoman for the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Department.



Eric Lamon Vaughan, 27, has been charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit a felony, destruction of property, grand larceny and larceny with intent to sell, said Wilda.

The charges are based on one specific burglary charge in the 6200 block of Fire Tower Road. Forensic testing could yield more charges.

Another suspect, also from Portsmouth, has been identified but not yet named.

Vaughan was arrested last Thursday by IOW investigators at the Portsmouth Jail, where he is being held on an unrelated charge. Vaughan will be taken to Isle of Wight County Court for an arraignment at a later time.

Here is where the burglaries have taken place:

* Isle of Wight: 300 block of Council Road on March 26; 7300 block of Ecella Road, April 26; 6200 block of Fire Tower Road, May 1; 10100 block of Cut Thru Road, May 7; 4200 block of Duck Town Road, 26400 block of River Run Trail (three instances) and 28100 block of Dardens Mill Road on May 10.

* Southampton: 11400 block of Wakefield Road, Sedley, 7400 block of Freemans Road, Wakefield, 34500 block of Warrique Road, Wakefield, all on May 10.

In all cases, the crimes took place anytime from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., with entry gained by forcing open side or rear doors, Wilda said. With one exception, there was no one home when the burglaries occurred. In that event, the suspect – described as a black male by the resident – fled the scene when spotted.