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SoVaNow.com / December 19, 2012
A Mecklenburg County jury convicted Javon Lavell Walker, formerly of Blackstone, on Dec.13 of four counts of the felonious sale and possession with intent to distribute a schedule II drug, namely cocaine. Each of the offenses was for a third or subsequent offense.

The jury recommended that Walker receive a six-year sentence on each count, totaling 24 years. His sentencing will take place on Feb. 12.

These charges were the result of investigations conducted by the Southside Drug and Gang Task Force, which is composed of the Mecklenburg Sheriff’s Office, South Hill Police Department, Clarksville Police Department, Chase City Police Department, Virginia ABC Board and Virginia State Police.

Vance County North Carolina Sheriff Peter White announced the arrest of four individuals from Townsville and Henderson, members of a crime ring believed to have been involved with several recent burglaries in the Epps Fork area.

Arrested during a multi-jurisdictional execution of a search warrant were brothers, 41-year-old Danny Watkins and 38-year-old Christopher Watkins, 42-year-old Cornelius Harris, 20-year-old Alvin Crosson and 28-year-old Jonathan Shunty Daniel. Both Watkins brothers, Harris and Crosson were from Townsville. Daniel’s last known address is Plum Nutty Road in Henderson.

Deputies also recovered over $10,000 in stolen guns, flat screen televisions, electronics, fishing equipment, hunting gear and collectables linked to at least four burglaries from homes in the Epps Fork area that occurred last week. Vance and Granville authorities are still looking into the origin of additional, similar items seized during the arrest.

The Watkins brothers were each charged with one felony count of manufacturing marijuana, one felony count of possession of firearm by a convicted felon, two felony counts of possession of stolen property, and one misdemeanor count of possession of stolen property. They each were held on a $175,000 secured bond.

Harris was charged with one felony count of manufacturing marijuana, one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two felony counts of possession of stolen property, one misdemeanor count of possession of stolen property, one felony count of possession of cocaine, and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana. He was also served with outstanding warrants stemming from the March breaking and entering of M & J’s Snack and Tack store located on NC 39 North in Townsville. Charges from that incident included one felony count of breaking and entering, one felony count of larceny after breaking and entering, one felony count of possession of burglary tools and three felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense. A secured bond of $ 450,000 was set.

Crosson was charged with one felony count of manufacture marijuana, two felony counts of possession of stolen property, and one misdemeanor count of possession of stolen property. His secured bond was set at a $100,000.

Daniel was charged with two felony counts of possession of stolen property, and one misdemeanor count of possession of stolen property. His secured bond was set at $75,000.

All five have a Jan. 14, court date.

White said the operation was the culmination of an ongoing investigation conducted by the Vance and Granville County Sheriff’s offices in North Carolina and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s office. The investigation is still ongoing and more charges may be pending from each jurisdiction.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Bobby Hawkins said at least nine residents on Lake Point Road and Boat Anchor Road in Merifield Acres were reportedly burglarized between Dec. 2-7, and the victims reported the loss of guns, televisions, zero-turn lawnmowers, fishing rods and reels and various electronics, valued at over $35,000.

Many of the victims’ homes are used only on weekends or as vacation homes.

Hawkins did not say whether the five men arrested in Vance County were suspects in these burglaries. However, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s office is working closely with the Vance and Granville County Sheriff’s offices in resolving these matters.

Hawkins asked that anyone with information please contact Investigator Jason Seamans at the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office at 1-434-738-6171 or Crime Solvers at 1-888-676-TIPS. Tipsters can receive up to a $1,000 reward and remain anonymous.

Hawkins also issued a warning to everyone with an off-site storage facility. He said that over the past month three different storage facilities have been broken into with several items removed. “If you have a storage unit rented at either Dockside Storage, Berry Hill Storage, or Clarksville Mini Storage you are encouraged to visually inspect your unit and report any loss or damage.” He also suggested that items of value be removed until the crime spree ends.

Enforcement has been increased in these troubled areas. If you have any information please call the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s office or Investigator D. L. “Rusty” Callahan who has been assigned to these incidents.

Hawkins said, “It appears the locks have been compromised during the night hours and entry had been made. Once you have inspected and you find any damage please report these crimes. It is a reminder that in your travels that you pay attention to these type facilities for any suspicious activity and call 911.”

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