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Burglary occurred at deputy's home

By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com

EDINBURG -- Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the theft of firearms from the home of a Shenandoah County deputy.

A rifle belonging to the Sheriff's Office was among the stolen guns.

Dustin Lee Wilfong, 19, of 2034 Jerome Road, Mt. Jackson, and Beau Donald Bowers, 18, of 5789 Gospel St., Mt. Jackson, were arrested Tuesday, Maj. Scott Proctor said.

They were each charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, destruction of property and two counts of grand larceny. Additionally, Bowers was charged with selling a handgun to a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession with the intent to sell stolen property.

A .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle, belonging to the Sheriff's Office, as well as two .22-caliber semi-automatic handguns were stolen from the unnamed deputy's house between 6:45 a.m. and 8:45 p.m. on March 15. Proctor had said the department weapon is worth about $1,000.

Sheriff Timothy C. Carter said Bowers sold one of the handguns to a 16-year-old boy from Mt. Jackson.

Also stolen were a camera, a laptop, an iPod, a GPS unit and jewelry, bringing the total value of the items taken to more than $5,000, according to Proctor.

"All three weapons are accounted for," he said on Wednesday. "Two were recovered in the Jerome area and one was recovered in the Mt. Jackson area."

The rifle had some wear and tear on it.

"It had been exposed to the elements," Proctor said.

The suspects are being held without bond, he said, and are scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County General District Court on May 6.

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