Charges filed in burglaries

Two Strasburg men are each facing a total of 14 felony counts stemming from a wave of burglaries in the town in mid-November.

Dillon Dakota Strickler, 19, of 715 Colley Block Road, remained held without bond Wednesday in the Rappahannock Shenandoah and Warren Regional Jail after Judge Dennis L. Hupp denied a request for bail terms that would have allowed for Strickler’s release.

Strickler and Mictian Wood, 18, of the 100 block of Calvary Court, are each charged with seven counts of burglary or conspiracy to commit burglary, plus several other counts of grand larceny and obtaining money under false pretenses.

Wood has been released on bond.

Strasburg police say the defendants broke into the King Street Flea Market three times between Nov. 17 and Nov. 23 and also burglarized a home in the 600 block of Pendleton Lane on Nov. 18.

Police Chief Tim Sutherly said the items stolen from the flea market included $3,000 worth of antique coins. Sutherly said the defendants exchanged the coins at a supermarket coin machine and received only a small amount of their actual value.

“I think they probably got $19,” Sutherly said of the defendants, adding that he believed they were worried about exchanging the coins at a pawnshop where they might have fetched a higher sum.

“I think they knew that by going to a pawnshop and exchanging them, they’d get their identification, and they would be identified,” Sutherly said of the defendants.

Strickler was already in jail on a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and violating terms of probation when he was indicted on the burglary charges earlier this month, Sutherly said.

Sutherly said Strickler is accused of living with a 15-year-old girl in the contributing to the delinquency of a minor case.

At the bail hearing, Strickler’s grandmother and a family friend testified that the defendant would move from Strasburg to the friend’s residence in Star Tannery if Hupp granted bail.

Strickler’s grandmother, Cathy Strickler, said her grandson had been keeping some belongings at her residence while he was living with the minor girl. Moving out of town would give him a chance to separate himself from others who were bad influences on him, Cathy Strickler said.

“I want him out of Strasburg,” Cathy Strickler said. “I do not want him in Strasburg whatsoever.”

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola said Dillon Strickler’s record in juvenile and domestic relations court included prosecutions for aggravated sexual battery and malicious wounding.

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