Crime & Courts: Local teens charged in robbery


Both suspects are now in custody. A more recent version of this story can be found here.

Virginia State Police Tuesday arrested one 19-year-old Rappahannock County youth and were seeking the public’s help in locating another, both of them charged in the armed robbery last month of a Virginia ABC Store in the town of Orange.

The armed robbery occurred Dec. 20 at the Virginia ABC Store on North Madison Street. A state police spokesperson said James Lynn Crooks, of Sperryville, and Jeremy Harold Carter, of Amissville, entered the store at approximately 6:15 p.m. and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash from the register.

Jeremy Harold Carter

Carter turned himself in to Virginia State Police in Culpeper Tuesday night, and is being held without bond at Culpeper County Jail. Crooks was still at large Wednesday afternoon, a state police spokesman said.

The state police Culpeper division’s criminal investigations bureau is heading the manhunt and investigation, with the assistance of the Virginia ABC’s law enforcement bureau and town of Orange police.

State police are also investigating the possibility that two other individuals assisted Crooks and Carter as a lookout and driver of a getaway vehicle.

No one inside the store was injured during the robbery.

James Lynn Crooks

Arrest warrants for armed robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection to the robbery were earlier obtained for both Crooks and Carter.

Crooks is described as a white male with hazel eyes and brown hair, 6 feet tall and 165 pounds.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the whereabouts of the two wanted subjects is asked to call the Virginia State Police at 800-572-2260 or 540-829-7771.

District Court

Danny Ray Huff, 37, of Washington, pleaded guilty to a charge of illegally killing a deer Nov. 13 near Harris Hollow Road. Judge Charles D. Foley imposed a $1,000 fine, suspending $750 of it, and placed Huff on unsupervised probation for a year. Additionally, Huff was charged a $500 “replacement fee.”

Also charged in connection with the same incident, Robert Douglas Exline, 49, of Washington, was fined $200 by Foley after pleading guilty to a charge of hunting over a baited place.

Sheriff’s Report

For the past two weeks, no information was made available to the newspaper by the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office.
— Roger L. Foster and contributed reports

About Staff/Contributed 4716 Articles
The Rappahannock News welcomes contributions from any and all members of the community. Email news and photos to or call us at 540-675-3338.