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Yonathan Melaku arrested in Leesburg car tamperings

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UPDATE 9:11 a.m.: Police have arrested 22-year-old Yonathan Melaku, of Alexandria, in the rash of vehicle tamperings in the 500 block of Glade Fern Terrace in Leesburg.

File photo: A car window is smashed so thieves can reach valuables stored inside the car.

Melaku is charged with four counts of Grand Larceny, and is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Dentention Center on a $5,000 bond.

Despite the arrest, the investigating is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (703) 771-4500. Anonymous tips can be submitted at (703) 443-TIPS.

ORIGINAL: Twenty-seven cars in Leesburg were damaged early Thursday morning, police report. Police received a call around 3:30 a.m. of someone hearing car windows being smashed in the 500 block of Glade Fern Terrace.

Police checked the area and found damage on about 27 cars, but were unable to find a suspect. The cars had items stolen from them as well, police said.

Leesburg Police said in a statement that residents are reminded to hide valuables they keep in their cars, such as MP3 players or GPS devices.

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