Commonwealth v. Wykeen Revel Long; Serial Purse Snatcher to Serve 15 Years

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Wykeen Revel Long, 38 years old, previously residing in the 1300 block of Pine Cone Circle in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge Stephen C. Mahan for two (2) counts each of Robbery and Grand Larceny. Judge Mahan sentenced Long to 15 years in the Department of Corrections and ordered him to complete 12 years of post-release supervision after he serves his prison sentence. Long was found guilty at hearings in Circuit Court on May 4, 2011 and August 23, 2011.


The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on August 22, 2010, Wykeen Long stole a pick-up truck from outside a residence on Arvida Court while its owner was delivering a pizza. The next day, Long drove the stolen truck to the K-mart parking lot on First Colonial Road, looking for someone to rob. He approached a young woman loading purchases into her car and stole her purse, which she had already placed in the car. He used her credit cards that same day at a 7-Eleven in Norfolk. The following day, August 24, 2010, Long snatched a purse from the shoulder of another young woman in the Big Lots parking lot on Holland Road. He again fled in the stolen truck, which he later abandoned in a neighborhood.  The truck was recovered and returned to the owner.  On September 14, 2010, Long approached a third young woman in a parking lot on Huybert Place as she walked to her car. He grabbed her purse from her shoulder and shoved her to the ground. Long went back to the same 7-Eleven in Norfolk and attempted to use her stolen credit cards.


Surveillance video from the 7-Eleven and eyewitness accounts of the four victims led to Long’s capture, which followed a joint investigation between the Norfolk and Virginia Beach Police Departments.


Long is serving an additional six (6) year sentence imposed by the Norfolk Circuit Court for Robbery, Credit Card Theft, Credit Card Forgery, and Possession with the Intent to Distribute Narcotics. Long has an extensive history of using and trafficking in illegal drugs, with seven (7) previous felony convictions in New Jersey between 1994 and 2006 for Possession and Distribution of Heroin and Cocaine.


Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Wendy Alexander prosecuted the case.  Please call Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.