Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 1, 2014

Two face charges related to B&E, stolen property

TAZEWELL, Va. — Two individuals have been arrested and charged with multiple offenses in connection with a home invasion and larceny reported Jan. 20 in the Springville, Va., area, investigators with the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

Deputies were dispatched to Bailey Switch Road in the Springville, Va., area of Tazewell County after homeowners discovered that their residence had been broken into, investigators said in a statement issued Friday.

When deputies arrived at the scene, the victims reported that most of the home’s contents had been stolen, and the home had suffered thousands of dollars in damage. The case was forwarded to Detective Ron Holt after deputies received tips that a suspect had passed checks stolen from the victim’s residence at a local business. Holt took this information and was able to subsequently find a large amount of stolen property at area pawnshops.

Deputies later took Erik Lee Wickham, no age and address available, and Jesse James Stevenson, no age or address available, into custody, investigators said.

After interviewing the men, detectives determined that more stolen property was located at a residence on Angles Hollow Road. A search was conducted at this location and a large amount of stolen items were located.

 Holt said he believes that there may be more homes that have been broken into but have yet to be reported.

 Stevenson has been charged with possession of stolen property with intent to sell. Wickham has been charged with one count of breaking and entering, and three counts of forgery, investigators said. All of the charges are felonies. Both men are currently being held in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Tazewell.

Holt said that during the investigation, the assistance of Fast Cash and Pawn in Bluefield, Va., as well as American Pawn in Bluefield, were instrumental in catching the suspects.

Anyone who has any information related to this crime can call Detective Holt at 276-988-1158.


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