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Deputies respond to rash of holiday thefts

SoVaNow.com / September 03, 2014
Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s deputies spent much of Labor Day weekend chasing down a rash of reported larcenies in the Boydton area, and one in Bracey, and made one arrest of a suspect for driving under the influence.

The first incident took place on Saturday, near Bracey. A 34-year old woman living at 8204 Highway 903, reported her diamond ring and gold band missing. Deputy Mark Thomas, who investigated the report, said the value of the two items was approximately $7,000.

On Sunday,, Deputy Doug Blanton was called to 647 Palmers Point Road in Boydton. The victim, a 44 year old female from Petersburg, said she discovered that her purse was missing from her vehicle that day when she returned to get her medication.

Blanton reported that the woman left an orange pocketbook in her car, after driving to the area from Petersburg the day before. The pocketbook held money, medication, a debit card and her children’s military ID, which she valued at around $75.

MCSO Cpl. Andy Ramsey met with two separate victims, one male, and one female, at 324 Tanners Drive in Boydton on Monday.

The female victim, from North Carolina, said she drove to the area on Friday, and parked her car at a Tanners Drive residence. On Monday, when she returned to the location, she discovered that an RCA DVD player with a charger and headphones were removed from the vehicle. She told Ramsey these items were valued at around $500.

The male victim, also from North Carolina, reported that he, too, drove to the Tanners Drive residence on Friday, and that when he returned to his vehicle on Monday, he discovered that a 40-caliber Springfield pistol was missing from the car. He valued the pistol at $500.

Sgt. Marlon Alexander was also investigating a larceny involving items removed from a car in Boydton on Monday. The victim, a 46-year old woman from Roanoke Rapids, N.C., said she had driven to the residence at 34 Keats Branch Road on Friday. When she returned to her vehicle on Monday, she noticed her son’s LL Bean backpack filled with schoolbooks was missing from the car. She valued the items at $100.

All five cases remain under investigation. Sheriff Bobby Hawkins encourages anyone with information about these or any other crimes to call the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office at 434-738-6171 or toll-free 1-888-624-2207 or Mecklenburg Crimesolvers at 877-676-8477. You could receive up to $1,000.00 in reward money. You will not have to give your name or appear in court to receive this reward.

Also on Monday, Deputy Davis Cumbia arrested 53-year old Kindley Lee Gregory of Boydton for driving under the influence. While on patrol, Cumbia received a report of a possible drunk driver operating a white SUV in the Union Level area. Cumbia met the SUV in the 4000 block of Hayes Mill Road. He reported that he observed the vehicle cross over the center line, and then out of the roadway. He immediately stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver.

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