Last Updated: Jun 24th, 2014 - 10:55:38


Arrest made in string of break-ins
By Blake Belden, staff writer
Jun 24, 2014, 10:54

COLONIAL HEIGHTS — A Colonial Heights man has been charged in relation to a string of robberies in the city over the past few months, according to the Colonial Heights Police Department.

Shortly after 2:30 a.m. on June 17, a patrolling police officer arrested Billy Thomas Matthis after he was seen hanging out behind a building on the 3400 block of Boulevard, authorities said.

Matthis, 34, fled on foot when the police officer pulled over to approach the scene, and he was detained following a brief pursuit on foot, police said.

After finding multiple burglary tools in his possession, and extensive investigation by detectives, authorities said that Matthis has been linked to a burglary and malicious wounding that happened at Carlton’s Auto Service, just off of the Boulevard on Taswell Avenue, on May 21.

A Carlton’s employee had been sleeping at the automotive shop when this burglary occurred, and was assaulted with a crowbar when he caught the burglar breaking in.

Authorities have charged Matthis with two counts of burglary, malicious wounding, grand larceny, possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest, however the investigation is ongoing and more charges linked to other burglaries are expected.

Matthis is being held at the Riverside Regional Jail without bond.

Matthis was arraigned in General District Court on June 19 and his next court date is set for Aug. 13.

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