FAIRFAX, Va. — Two Maryland men have been charged with theft in a series of gaming machine robberies that targeted a convenience store in Northern Virginia, officials said Tuesday.
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Leonard Jones, 59, and Terrell Hardy, 35, were arrested Tuesday by Fairfax County police in Alexandria, police said in a news release.
Jones was charged with grand theft, possession of burglary equipment, two counts of vandalism, and petty theft, the release said. Hardy was charged with grand theft, destruction of property, and simple assault.
Police received a call that a game console had been stolen from a 7-Eleven store in the Mount Vernon section of Alexandria, WJLA-TV reported. Two men were seen loading the machine onto a silver truck. According to the TV station, the store was attacked by thieves who aimed at game consoles on January 16.
Police officers patrolling the area after the theft found a truck matching the description at another 7-Eleven store in Alexandria, WTTG-TV reported. Police said Jones and Hardy were wearing clothing that matches descriptions of the men seen in surveillance footage of the robbery from the first convenience store on Tuesday.
An inspection of the vehicle found game console parts in the truck bed, the WJLA reports.
Police said additional charges could be filed against Jones and Hardy as authorities investigate evidence of six past gaming console thefts across Fairfax County.
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