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Authorities recover most guns stolen in burglary

By Joe Beck

The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office has recovered most of a dozen guns that were stolen from a hunting cabin in late November, Lt. Tom Shelton said Wednesday.

Shelton said one man and two juvenile males were arrested and each charged with burglary and stealing guns in the incident.

Shelton identified the adult as Justin Tyler Biggers, 20, of Star Tannery. Shelton said one juvenile is a 17-year-old from Star Tannery and the other is a 16-year-old from Woodstock.

Biggers made an initial appearance in Shenandoah County General District Court on Nov. 21 and has been released on bail.

Shelton said the two juveniles are being held in the Northwestern Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Winchester. They have count appearances scheduled for Dec. 12.

Shelton said the burglary at the hunting cabin in the 7000 block of Zepp Road was reported on Nov. 20. The firearms, varying from handguns to high-powered rifles with scopes, were stolen from a hunting party that had been using the cabin on previous days, Shelton said.

"We actually received information from concerned citizens about an individual from that area that was trying to sell firearms shortly after the breaking and entering occurred," Shelton said.

"We were able to figure out that was good information," Shelton added. "We went to the residence in Star Tannery, searched the residence and were able to recover the stolen firearms at that residence."

"We believe we have all the firearms except for one," Shelton added.

Shelton said Biggers and the 17-year-old were arrested at the residence. The 16-year-old defendant was arrested at school in Woodstock, he said.

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

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