Suspects sought in home invasions

By Joe Beck

Law enforcement officials in Shenandoah County are investigating a pair of home invasions reported Monday morning in Edinburg and Woodstock.

Authorities say the two incidents, about six hours apart, appear unrelated, and the suspects remained at large as of mid-afternoon Monday. The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office and Woodstock police are asking for anyone with information on either crime to call their offices.

Capt. Wesley Dellinger of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said the first home invasion report came from a 911 call at about 4 a.m. Dellinger said the victim called the dispatch, then hung up, but deputies responded after tracing the call to a residence in the 1300 block of Stony Creek Road in Edinburg.

Dellinger said the victim later told deputies that an unidentified man forced his way into her residence and made an unspecified threat to harm her. The victim was uninjured and no weapon was involved, Dellinger said.

Dellinger said the intruder took an unspecified amount of currency and coin before leaving the residence. He is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall with a slender build.

Woodstock police reported fielding a call about the second home invasion around 10 a.m. at 415 N. Main St. Police Chief Eric Reilly said investigators have identified “a person of interest” they want to interview about the case.

“We don’t believe there’s a threat to anybody,” Reilly said, adding, “We don’t believe this was a random act. We think it was targeted.”

Reilly said the victim was uninjured and no weapon was displayed.

Anyone with information about the Woodstock home invasion is asked to call Investigator Derek Good at 459-2141. Those with information about the Edinburg case should call the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office is 459-6100.

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