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Break-ins, drug busts keep deputies on the go / January 31, 2018
Deputies with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office stayed on the move this week investigating break-ins and drug busts.

Between Jan. 21 and Jan. 28, deputies received complaints from four individuals whose homes were burglarized while the owners were away.

Deputy Bruce King was called to the 6000 block of Goodes Ferry Road in South Hill around 9:30 p.m., Jan. 21. The victim reported he’d left for work around 4:30 p.m. that day and returned home five hours later, at 9:20 p.m. to find his house burglarized. King’s investigation found that there was forced entry to the front door and several items taken, including a 39” Sanyo TV, a gray tool box with tools, a Black and Decker electric drill, a silver and gold watch and some alcohol. According to King, there was sign of forced entry to the front door.

A gun was reported missing from a home on Friendly Drive in South Hill on Jan. 27. Deputy Josh Carroll was told by the victim that he’d last seen the gun, a Hi-Point 9 mm pistol about three or four months ago.

A computer, Vizio 44” television, Samsung tablet, DeWalt drill/flashlight combo kit with batteries, and black landscape trailer with Virginia tag number 760992TL were taken from a home in the 1400 block of Buggs Island Road in Bracey on Sunday, Jan. 28. The victims were gone from their home about 4-1/2 hours, leaving at 4:30 and returning just before 9 p.m. Deputy Neil Clay reported finding forced entry through the front door of the home.

Lone Oak Baptist Church at 813 Lone Oak Road in Chase City was ransacked sometime between Sunday, Jan. 21 and Sunday, Jan. 28, according to a report taken by Deputy Cody Mull. A member of the congregation said he arrived at the church on the morning of Jan. 28 and discovered the damage. In addition, a microphone, microphone stand, and electric power strip were missing.

Deputies also conducted two separate drug busts. The first one took place on Jan. 22 at 10:49 in the morning. Deputy Josh Watts was patrolling U.S. 1-S near Redlawn Road when his radar picked up a car traveling at a high rate or speed.

Watts said he detected the smell of marijuana coming from the car while he was speaking with the driver. The driver complied with Watts’ request that she step out of the vehicle, and allow him to search the car. The search turned up a digital scale with white powdery residue on it, which tested positive for cocaine.

Watts then arrested 34-year-old Lakisha Saunders of Brodnax, charging her with possession of cocaine. She was transported to Meherrin River Regional Jail, but later released on a recognizance bond.

Watts said Saunders received two summonses, one for speeding and the other for driving on a suspended license.

The second bust took place Saturday, Jan. 27 around 1:45 in the morning.

Corporal Byrt Carnes, while patrolling Highway 58, came upon a car parked on the westbound shoulder of the road near Cedar Grove Road. There were two men asleep inside the car.

He was able to awaken the driver, who then rolled down his window. When that occurred, Carnes said he detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. During a search of the car, Carnes recovered a green leafy substance, which tested positive for marijuana. Carnes also discovered a firearm.

The driver, Benjamin Branch, 28, of South Boston was arrested and transported to Meherrin River Regional Jail on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of a concealed firearm. Branch was released on a $2,500 unsecured bond.

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