Two arrested in connection with burglary at Williamsburg-area diner, 7 other businesses

Julio Rodriguez: Charged with Burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary for Shorty’s Diner

YORK COUNTY, Va. - A local diner was broken into in April and the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office said two men have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Shorty's owner Gil Short told News 3 he estimated the damage to be around $20,000, although in terms of money he said the burglars didn't get away with more than a little spare change.

19-year-old Dominick J. Jones and 20-year-old Julio C. Rodriguez are charged with burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary for breaking into Shorty’s Diner, police said.

Dominick Jones: Charged with Burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary for breaking into Shorty’s Diner.

The incident at Shorty's happened on April 4.

Rodriguez was also charged in connection with other incidents.

He was charged with burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary grand larceny at the Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant, grand larceny of a cell phone in the Hong Kong restaurant, burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary at Smoker’s Express in James York Plaza, damaging property at AutoZone and defacing the wall of the building at James York Plaza.

Jones was charged in connection to a burglary at D.A.V. Thrift Store.

All of the locations are on Merrimac Trail.

The two men have also been charged in connection to three burglaries in Williamsburg.

Police say 6 Crabs Seafood on 2nd Street and We Do it 4 U Laundry on Capitol Landing Road were burglarized May 2. Capitol Landing Mulch on Capitol Landing Road was burglarized April 29.

Jones and Rodriguez each face three counts of burglary, grand larceny, conspiracy to commit a felony and destruction of property for each burglary.

Lt. Dennis Ivey with the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office tells News 3 Jones was taken into custody May 5 while Rodriguez was taken into custody May 7.

Williamsburg Police served the two their charges Monday in the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.