Car wash thief strikes again in Chesapeake after back-to-back burglaries in Norfolk


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — The owner of a local car wash business was worried his car wash in Chesapeake would also be targeted after back-to-back burglaries last week at his Norfolk location.

Those fears were finally realized early Wednesday morning.

The same burglary suspect hit the Solar Wash on Indian River Road around 1:30 a.m., and was caught on video wearing the same green and black Nikes he wore in the Norfolk burglaries that caused between $20,000 and $30,000 in damage.

Chesapeake police said they’re looking into the case and seeing if the Norfolk and Chesapeake burglaries are related to similar reported incidents in Portsmouth and other Tidewater car washes.

“I hope he’ll stop doing what he’s doing. Give himself up. Do himself a big favor because he will get caught by the police,” said Angelopoulos.

In the Norfolk incident, the suspect busted open the self-pay stations and stole two vacuums. This time, surveillance video caught the suspect breaking into four of the seven pay stations in the wash bays.

Plus it turns out, the Solar Wash may not be the only business hit.

Video from last week, this time from the owner of Green Clean car wash off Tidewater Drive, shows a person of the same build, with the same outfit on, taking a crowbar to their pay stations.

Angelopoulos says his $1,000 reward still stands. Chesapeake police will be increasing patrols in the area.

Those with information can submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-888-LOCK-U-UP, downloading the P3 tips app to a mobile device, or visiting and submitting a tip.

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