Two men who pleaded guilty to a pair of Ashburn burglaries last spring are headed to prison.
In the early morning hours of May 5, 2016, an Ashburn resident was awoken around 2:30 a.m. by a car horn, door alarm chime, and footsteps inside the home. Deputies were called and found two vehicles in the garage had been ransacked and some valuables were located on the lawn.
Deputies then received a report of second burglary nearby where the residents awoke around 4:45 a.m. to find a cell phone had been taken from a nightstand and jewelry and jewelry boxes scattered on bedroom floor. Numerous items were missing from throughout the home.
Deputies were alerted to two suspicious males loitering in the neighborhood with backpacks. They were observed getting into a cab. Deputies stopped the cab, and found Brandon Rinaldi, 21, and Jordan Anderson, 19, inside. Items taken from the homes were found in the men’s pockets and backpacks.
Additional evidence was gathered from recorded phone calls Rinaldi made from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center in which he admitted to stealing the items and that he was just trying to make money. Also, forensic analysis of his cell phone, seized at the time of his arrest, revealed internet searches for the phrases “how to break open back soor quietly” (sic) and “Ashburn VA homes 800000.”
Both suspects pleaded guilty to two counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime in December.
Anderson was sentenced to two years in the Virginia Department of Corrections on March 20.
Rinaldi was sentenced Friday by Circuit Court Judge Jeanette A. Irby to two years and eight months state prison. Before pronouncing Rinaldi’s sentence, Irby said “I can’t think of anything more unsettling than a stranger being in your home when you think you’re safe.”
Rinaldi and Anderson are scheduled to appear in Prince William County Circuit Court on May 25, for similar charges in that jurisdiction. The pair also have theft and burglary charges pending in Fairfax County.