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Burglary probes lead to three defendants, dozens of indictments

By Joe Beck

A Shenandoah County grand jury Wednesday indicted a Virginia Beach man on 68 counts linked to a law enforcement investigation into a wave of storage locker burglaries between Sept. 1 and Oct. 22.

Authorities with the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office and Mount Jackson police accused Jamey J. Friend, 35, of breaking into five storage locations, several of them repeatedly.

Maj. Scott Proctor of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office said Friday the list of items taken range from furniture accessories such as a free standing mirror to TV sets, various tools, sewing machines, electronic gaming devices, auto parts and accessories and Christmas decorations.

Proctor said he knows of no items that have been recovered.

"They were either pawned or sold out of the area," he said.

Proctor said video surveillance cameras helped investigators crack the case. He said Virginia Beach police were involved in the investigation.

Proctor said Friend was not in court Wednesday and has not been arrested.

"He has not been taken into custody," Proctor said. "As far as know, to the best of our knowledge, he's still in the Virginia Beach area."

Proctor said the storage facilities targeted in the burglaries are Hawk's Storage in Toms Brook; Stone House Floors and Storage in Strasburg, Woodstock Self Storage, Added Storage in Woodstock and Cheap Storage in New Market.

Two other men also face multiple burglary and grand larceny counts as a result of a separate Shenandoah County investigation.

The grand jury charged Charles Shane Scott, 19, of Woodstock and Daniel James Henry, 26, of Mauertown with larceny with intent to sell and obtaining money by false pretenses.

Proctor said each man faces a total of 12 counts in the burglaries of two residences, one in the 600 block of Kearn Springs Lane in Woodstock and the other in the 100 block of Miller Road in Edinburg. Both were arrested in their homes on Nov. 8 after the execution of search warrants in both locations, he said.

Both burglaries were recorded within a few days of each other in early July, Proctor said.

Proctor said the items stolen included a dirt bike, antique coins, an old family diary, family papers and an old naval sword.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com

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