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Court hands down indictments for theft and forgery

By J.R. Williams -- jrwilliams@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- A Frederick County man is facing charges he burglarized someone's home and then went on a shopping spree with a stolen credit card, among other accusations of theft and forgery.

Billy Garland Watts, 37, of 507 Dogwood Drive, Cross Junction, was indicted recently by a Frederick County Circuit Court grand jury.

Grand juries have seen Watts' name three times since December, when he was charged with credit-card fraud and stealing a purse in August 2008. In May, he faced similar charges of grand larceny and credit card theft and fraud.

Recent indictments and criminal complaints filed in the court show Watts charged with breaking into a home in his neighborhood April 2 and stealing numerous items, including a Visa credit card.

A safe, a liquor bottle full of change, jewelry, cash, power tools, ammunition and other items also were stolen, according to an affidavit for a search warrant.

More than $2,500 was charged to the Visa card, it says. In a restitution order filed in the court, the victim reported $1,556.50 in actual monetary loss.

Frederick County Sheriff's Office investigator Tim Juergens reported in a criminal complaint speaking with Watts on April 22, as well as reviewing surveillance photos and video from several area businesses that reported charges on the card.

According to the complaint, Watts told police he used the credit card after trading $20 worth of marijuana for it.

Watts "stated that he knew the card was stolen," the complaint says.

Indictments show the credit card was used between April 5 and 9. It was reported stolen April 7.

Deputies executed a search warrant on Watts' home in May, but seized only receipts, clothing and suspected drugs.

In a separate incident, Watts is charged with breaking the window of a Chevrolet Suburban on March 4 and stealing the property of two women from the truck. Checkbooks, credit cards, cash and other items were stolen.

In addition, he is charged with forging a $260 check on March 24 that shows a different account holder than those victims. Another person, Ronald Dale Barrett, 43, of 1020 Franklin St., No. 1, Winchester, also was recently indicted on charges of passing the same forged check on the same date.

Watts is charged with one count of breaking and entering, two counts of grand larceny, four counts of credit card forgery, six counts of credit card fraud, one count of destruction of property, one count of check forgery and one count of passing a bad check.

He was released on bond from the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center. His next hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 8.




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