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One of two suspects in grill burglary free on bond

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Childs charged with breaking and entering at the eatery three times in 2010; Raburn remains incarcerated in jail

By Alex Bridges-abridges@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- A Cross Junction man accused of burglarizing a downtown eatery three times late last year -- once while out on bail -- went free again on Monday.

Adam Douglas Childs, 27, of 8880 N. Frederick Pike, appeared for a bond hearing in Winchester General District Court via video from the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

Substitute Judge N. Randolph Bryant granted Childs a $20,000 unsecured bond, despite a detective's request that the suspect remain held without bail. A jail worker at 4:15 p.m. said Childs was in the process of leaving the facility.

Authorities have charged Childs with breaking and entering at the Snow White Grill, 159 N. Loudoun St., on Nov. 28, Dec. 6 and Dec. 24, according to Winchester police Sgt. Frank Myrtle. Police arrested Childs on Friday.

Childs admitted to Detective C.W. Coleman he broke into the eatery on Nov. 28 and Dec. 6 and took about $1,200 from the business, according to a criminal complaint filed in the court. Coleman "felt Childs was not a flight risk and said he was very cooperative."
Police say Childs broke into the business four days later, while out on bond.

A complaint pertaining to the Dec. 24 incident states that Coleman received information Childs broke into the eatery on that date. Coleman viewed video "that displayed Childs with the items stolen from the business."

"Det. Coleman is requesting that [Childs] be held without bond on this charge because he is already out on bond and continues to victimize citizens of Winchester to support his heroin habit," a magistrate states in court documents.

Authorities also have charged Stephen Walker Raburn with breaking and entering at the Snow White Grill on Nov. 28 with intent to commit larceny. Raburn, 22, of 720 Valley View Drive, Winchester, remains incarcerated at the regional jail.

The two suspects entered the business by going through a small, walk-up window used for ordering food, according to Myrtle. Once inside, the men took an undisclosed amount of cash from the business.

Police charged Childs with possession of a controlled substance on Friday.

A criminal complaint filed in Raburn's arrest states that Childs "confessed to Det. Coleman that he and his friend, S. Raburn, broke in several times and removed money from the business. Raburn has no comment at this time."

Childs "said they were both trying to support their heroin problem," the complaint states. A judge granted Raburn a $5,000 secured bond. Raburn's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 16.




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