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Judge Orders 6 Years for Ashburn Burglar

A man who pleaded guilty to burglarizing a Belmont home gets 10 years, 4 suspended; now must served previously suspended sentence as well.

A Loudoun County Circuit Court judge this week sentenced Nicholas Golden, 27, to 10 years in prison, with four suspended, for charges stemming from a January 2012 burglary in Ashburn. Golden pleaded guilty to felony breaking and entering in August 2012.

A deputy stopped golden Jan. 9, 2012, after the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a suspicious man in the Belmont area of Ashburn walking on the golf course and between houses. Upon learning Golden was a convicted felon on probation, the deputy searched Golden’s bag where he found a Nook e-reader and about $10,000 in jewelry. Further investigation revealed the items were taken from a home nearby.

In addition to the new sentence, Judge Burke F. McCahill ordered Golden to serve a previously suspended 2-year, 5-month sentence for drug distribution charges.

“Thanks to alert neighbors and the Sheriff’s Office quick response, all of the stolen items were able to be returned to their owner in good condition,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman said in a press release. “While this case had a favorable outcome for the victim, not everyone is so fortunate.”

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office have developed a video of what residents can do to help prevent them from becoming a victim of burglary, and what you should do if your home or business is burglarized. The informational video contains general information about burglary prevention as well as discusses the Sheriff’s Office’s Operation Inventory Program. The video has been attached to this story, or can be viewed at www.loudoun.gov/commonwealthsattorney, www.facebook.com/loudounoca or www.youtube.com/loudounsheriff.

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