Two men linked to burglary

Two men have been charged with offenses linked to the burglary of a lawn care and repair business.

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office identified the defendants as Martin James Gruschin, 47, of 280 Lora Drive, Woodstock, and Jesse Reynard Price, 42, of 13 Shenandoah Commons Way, Front Royal.

Gruschin is charged with burglary, grand larceny and stealing property with intent to sell. Price is charged with buying stolen goods.

Capt. Wesley Dellinger of the Sheriff’s Office said Gruschin forced his way into the Grasshoppers Lawn Care and Repair building at 18719 Old Valley Pike and stole a variety of power tools and equipment used for landscaping and maintenance.

“It went from chainsaws to weed eaters to generators,” Dellinger said of the stolen merchandise.

The chainsaws alone were valued at more than $200, the minimum amount necessary for a burglary or theft offense to qualify as a felony.

The defendants were arrested last week at their homes with no resistance, Dellinger said.

“A concerned citizen contacted us regarding suspicious activity” at Grasshoppers, Dellinger said. “Through the course of the investigation, we determined these two people were involved in the offense.”

Price is being held without bond in the Rappahannock Shenandoah and Warren Regional Jail. Gruschin was released from the jail on a $2,000 secured bond.

Both men are scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County General District Court at 9 a.m. Jan. 26.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or

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