NORFOLK — Police arrested man they say provided vehicles from an illegal vehicle rental agency to suspects involved in multiple burglaries in August and September.
According to Norfolk Police spokeswoman Karen Parker-Chesson, Keith Maurice Jones, 40, of the 2000 block of Piedmont Avenue in Portsmouth, purchased vehicles from the city using a false business named “Quick Rentals, Inc.”
Parker-Chesson says Jones then titled and registered the vehicles to “March-E Fragrances” and likely knew what the vehicles were used for.
According to police, the following burglary/residential incidents occurred with suspect vehicles all registered to “March-E Fragrances.”
August 22, 2013, 500 block of Timothy Avenue (suspects arrested)
August 23, 2013, 100 block of W. Bayview Boulevard (suspects arrested)
August 28, 2013, 8400 block of Lynn River Road (no arrests)
September 2, 2013, 300 block of Lakebridge Drive (no arrests)
Parker-Chesson said on August 24, a vehicle registered to “March-E Fragrances” was stopped for a traffic infraction. The driver of the vehicle led investigators to additional vehicles.
Authorities said Jones also had some of the vehicles crushed at a Chesapeake salvage yard.
Warrants are issued charging Jones with 22 counts each of obtaining documents from DMV when not entitled thereto, altering or forging certificate of title or registration card, unlawfully transacting or offering to transact business as a corporation without authorization.
Jones is being held at the Norfolk City Jail.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.