Police say man who evaded arrest at Virginia Lodge is on crime spree

A 32-year-old man who slipped away from police last weekend during a barricade situation at the Virginia Lodge motel on Route 1 remains on the loose and is suspected of a number of crimes since then, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

Police say Alton Thodos, who managed to escape from the Virginia Lodge last Saturday as police moved in to arrest him, is suspected of stealing three cars, a burglary and taking items from unlocked cars in the area.

On Wednesday a man matching Thodos’s description was seen rummaging through cars in the Belle Haven neighborhood — less than a mile from the Virginia Lodge – near the intersection of Radcliff Road and Belle Haven Road (see map). Later that same day Thodos is suspected of stealing a car in the Burgundy Farm neighborhood (see map).

Thodos mugshot

Thodos

Additionally, a resident of the Wilton Woods area posted home security camera footage (above) that shows a man who resembles Thodos unsuccessfully trying to enter a car early Tuesday morning. Police did not confirm to Covering The Corridor that Thodos is  a suspect in that case, but the vehicle the person is driving what appears to be a Subaru Outback, which police say Thodos was spotted in on Wednesday morning during the Belle Haven incident.

That Subaru was stolen in Arlington, although police did not say when. On Wednesday Thodos allegedly stole a 2018 Nissan Rogue in the 3100 block of Burgundy Road. Police said Thodos pulled off that theft after sneaking into the vehicle owner’s house and stealing the keys while the resident was inside.

Later on Wednesday police found a third car that Thodos is believed to have stolen — this time from Washington D.C. — near Heritage Hill Court and Lawson’s Hill Court (see map), which is just a few blocks away from where the Rogue was stolen.

Thodos is considered dangerous by police, and anybody with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the non-emergency police line  at 703-691-2131. Tips can be submitted anonymously through the Crime Solvers website or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS.

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