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UPDATE: Winchester Man Behind Bars for Breaking into Three Houses

"Once inside the residence, the male pulled his pants down around his ankles, and then touched a female inside the residence and then fled on foot," said Sergeant Frank Myrtle of the Winchester City Police.
WINCHESTER, Va. - Jose Antonio Gomez Giron was arrested Sunday night after allegedly breaking and entering into three Winchester homes earlier that morning.

"Once inside the residence, the male pulled his pants down around his ankles, and then touched a female inside the residence, and then fled on foot," said Sergeant Frank Myrtle of the Winchester City Police.

Residents in the area are now on edge.

"I mean it's kind of crazy," said Tiffany Richardson, a resident in one of the apartment complexes Gomez Giron broke into. "I have kids, and I didn't even know this happened, so it's kind of scary."

After the incident, Winchester police are offering tips on how to prevent break-ins and burglaries.

"You never want to make your home look unoccupied.You want to lock all your outside doors, your windows," said Myrtle. "You want to make sure that your garage door is always kept closed, and locked. Also if you're going to be out of town for awhile, do not allow the delivers of your mail to build up."

Winchester police were able to provide me with a monthly statistics on how many break-ins have happened in 2013:

  • January - 14 break-ins

  • February - 1 break-in

  • March - 10 break-ins

  • April - 7 break-ins

  • May - 7 break-ins

  • June - 7 break-ins

  • July - 9 break-ins

  • August - 10 break-ins

  • September - 4 break-ins

  • October - 10 break-ins

  • November - 6 break-ins, so far.

They believe that following their tips will help bring down the overall incident rate.

"Breaking and entering seems to be a crime of opportunity. Meaning that if they pass a residence that appears to be unoccupied, that that is a prime target for them," said Myrtle.

Gomez Giron has a previous criminal history, and was arrested and charged on June 1, 2013 for a DUI, refusal to submit to a Breathalyzer test, obstruction of justice and driving on a suspended license.

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