Burglary investigation brings two arrests

The Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Culpeper men this week and charged them with grand larceny in connection with a burglary last month at Lee Orchards.

The men, Garth Lotane and Christopher Sutphin, are charged in connection with a burglary and theft in early April at a workshop building in the 13000 block of Lee Highway. RCSO investigator Shawn Walters said the thieves took power tools and a new welder worth about $4,000.

Walters’ investigation led to the welder, recovered in Culpeper after an unsuspecting citizen bought it for $200 and registered the serial number in a nationwide database, which identified it as stolen. The welder was returned to the owners, said Sheriff Connie C. Smith.

“Its imperative serial numbers are recorded on any items possessing such identifiers,” said Smith. “Whether the items are outside items or inside items, document and photograph.”

The investigation continues, with additional charges and suspects being sought.

On April 30, Deputy M. Dodson stopped a vehicle on Zachary Taylor Highway near Jericho Road, where he subsequently arrested Holly Boone Orme, 48, of Huntly, and charged her with driving under the influence (second offense within 5-10 years).

On May 1, Ashley Dawn Sweeney, 28, of Delaplane, was arrested on outstanding warrants obtained by Deputy Dodson following an incident in Rappahannock County on Jan. 27. Sweeney was charged with possession of schedule I or II drug, possession of a schedule III drug and possession of controlled paraphernalia.  

On May 2, Deputy W. Ubben arrested 24-year-old Kaitlyne Marie Parker of Springfield, following a traffic stop on Lee Highway near Zachary Taylor Highway. Parker was charged with driving under the influence (second offense within 5-10 years with a blood alcohol level greater than .2) and consuming an alcoholic beverage while driving a motor vehicle.

Circuit Court indictments

Six people were indicted Monday by a Rappahannock County Circuit Court grand jury on charges ranging from breaking and entering and grand larceny to felony drug possession.

Elliott Fox, 30, of Spotsylvania, along with Johnny William Pullen Sr., 23, and Danielle Hare, 23, both of Fredericksburg, were indicted on charges of breaking and entering and grand larceny in connection with the Jan. 28 theft of copper and other metals from Jeffrey Scroggins Jr.

Pullen and Hare face additional indictments on similar charges in the theft of currency from Frances Pullen on Jan. 20.

Ismail Alemadi, 29, of McLean, was indicted on charges of eluding police on a motorcycle last August and then failing to appear in court for a felony charge.

Jennifer McCray, 30, of Jeffersonton, was indicted on the felony charge of possession of a scheduled drug, in her case PCP.

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