Man arrested in connection to Lynchburg firearm thefts

Fabian James is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond.
Fabian James is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond.(Blue Ridge Regional Jail)
Published: Jul. 22, 2020 at 10:17 PM EDT
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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - An arrest has been made in a case involving a string of firearm thefts in June and July.

Fabian James, 18, was taken into Lynchburg Police custody Tuesday in connection to the robberies.

LPD said James would seek out people selling certain firearms online and make arrangements to meet them. Once at the agreed location, James would ask them to move to a more remote area.

June 29, police say, James arranged to purchase a firearm at the Fort Avenue 7-11 before changing the location and stealing two semi-automatic pistols from the victim.

July 11, police say, he arranged to purchase a firearm at James Crossing Apartments. When the victim arrived, James allegedly coaxed him from the original location and attempted to steal a semi-automatic assault rifle. Police said the victim chased the suspect and recovered the rifle while the suspect fled into the woods.

James faces the following charges:

  • 1 count of Attempted Grand Larceny (Firearm)
  • 1 count of Grand Larceny (Firearm)
  • 2 counts of Possession of a Firearm by Violent Convicted Felon

James is being held without bond at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.

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