Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 31, 2014

Two charged in connection with home invasion and larceny investigation


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

SPRINGVILLE, Va. — An arrest and multiple charges have been made stemming from a home invasion/larceny investigation in Tazewell County, Sheriff Brian Hieatt said Friday.

According to a report by Major Harold Heatley, deputies with the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Bailey Switch Road on Jan. 20 in the Springville area of Tazewell County after the owners of a residence there found their home had been broken into.  When deputies arrived at the scene, the victims reported that most of the contents of the home had been stolen, and the home suffered thousands of dollars in damage, according to Heatley.

 The case was forwarded to Detective Ron Holt after deputies received tips that a suspect had passed checks at a local business that had been stolen from the victim's residence.

 Holt took this information and was able to subsequently find a large amount of property valued in the thousands belonging to the victims at area pawn shops, according to the report.

A search then began for the suspects and after locating the vehicle, a newer model red Dodge Durango, and a traffic stop was conducted at which time deputies found and seized stolen property from inside the vehicle. Heatley said the deputies took Erik Lee Wickham and Jesse James Stevenson into custody. After interviewing the men, Heatley said detectives determined that more stolen property was located at a residence on Angles Hollow Road. A search was conducted at that location and a large amount of stolen items were located.

Heatley said from the items seized Holt believes that there may be more homes that have been broken into but have yet to be reported. Currently Stevenson has been charged with possession of stolen property with intent to sell and Wickham has been charged with one count of breaking and entering and three counts of forgery, according to Heatley. All of the charges are felonies and both men are currently being held in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Tazewell.

Holt said during the investigation the assistance of Fast Cash and Pawn in Bluefield, Va., as well as American Pawn in Bluefield were instrumental in helping to make the two arrests.

If anyone has any information related to this crime they are asked to call Detective Holt at 276-988-1158.