Commonwealth v. Patrick Anthony Caprice; Multiple Burglaries around the Holiday Season Draws Nine-Year Prison Sentence

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Patrick Anthony Caprice, 21 years old, formerly of the 1100 block of Gunn Hall Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley for Burglary (9 counts), Grand Larceny, felony Obtaining Money by False Pretenses, and misdemeanor Obtaining Money by False Pretenses.  Judge Shockley sentenced Caprice to 29 years and 12 months with 21 years suspended leaving 8 years and 12 months to serve.    This sentence exceeded the high-end of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines' recommendation, which called for a sentence of no more than 5 years and 8 months in prison. Judge Shockley also ordered Caprice to pay restitution in the amount of $47,967.10. ​

Caprice pled guilty on June 20, 2017.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that between September 24, 2016, and December 22, 2016, Caprice burglarized nine (9) homes in Virginia Beach in neighborhoods along General Booth Boulevard.  The items stolen were primarily Christmas gifts, and many of them were wrapped and placed under Christmas trees when stolen by Caprice.  Among the items stolen were: televisions, iPad minis, a MacBook pro, jewelry, cash, gift cards, alcohol, prescription pills, an iWatch, a Playstation 4, revolvers, watches, headphones, a backpack, women's pajamas, men's boxers, a suitcase, Christmas ornaments, knives, portable phone chargers, a safe, and a rare coin collection.

Neighbors spotted Caprice and his co-defendant, Aaron Credle, leaving a home on December 2, 2016.  Caprice and Credle had kicked the door in to gain access to the home.  Within minutes of the break-in, police stopped Caprice and Credle, and witnesses reported seeing the burglars throwing stolen items from their car.  Caprice admitted to his involvement in the burglary that day and was charged with the crime.  He was granted bond by the magistrate.  Upon his release, Caprice broke into and stole items from at least seven (7) different homes in Virginia Beach.  During one of the burglaries, he put the family dogs in the master bedroom despite the owners allowing them to roam freely. Lastly, on December 22, 2016, Caprice was invited to a friend's house and stole Nordstrom gift cards from under the family's Christmas tree.  Later that day, he was captured on surveillance video at Nordstrom purchasing items with the stolen gift cards.

On December 21, 2016, Caprice drew the attention of an employee at Food Lion as he attempted to use the Coinstar machine.  The machine became clogged when Caprice attempted to place rare coins from one of the burglaries inside.  These included silver dollars, foreign coins, and flattened carnival pennies.  Further, cameras from some of the victims' residences showed Caprice and the vehicle he was using.  One of the victims whose iPad was stolen used the "Find my iPad" application and the iPad pinged in the same block where Caprice lived. 

Using the above information and other leads, detectives thoroughly investigated the burglaries and eventually developed Caprice as a suspect.  When a search warrant was served at his residence on January 17, 2017, many of the items were found and able to be returned to their owners.  The total amount of stolen items that could not be recovered was $47,967.10. 

"As the holidays are approaching, remember to place valuable gifts out of sight from a potential burglar," Stolle said. "Unfortunately, criminals play upon unsuspecting victims.  Make sure to keep your doors locked and valuables away from view through your windows."   

Credle pled guilty for his role in the December 2, 2016, burglary and was sentenced to two (2) months in jail.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Ashley Coleman prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.