Burglar sentenced to prison

Dillion Strickler

WOODSTOCK – A Strasburg man will spend 4 1/2 years in prison for a string of burglaries around Strasburg in late 2014 and early 2015.

Dillion Dakota Strickler, 19, formerly of 715 Colley Block Road, was also sentenced in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to three years supervised probation after he has completed his prison sentence. The sentence was imposed as part of an agreement in which Strickler agreed to plead guilty to 12 of 22 charges linked to the burglaries.

“He fully confessed, and he drove the investigator around showing what he did,” Campola said in an interview Thursday.

The list of items stolen in the burglaries included more than $3,000 worth of antique coins that Strickler and a co-defendant, Mictian Wood, exchanged at a supermarket coin machine.

Police say the defendants received roughly $19, only a tiny fraction of the coins’ true worth from the currency machine. Strickler’s sentence included an order to pay restitution of $3,214 for items stolen in the burglaries.

Police investigated two burglaries at the King Street Flea Market and one each at a home in the 600 block of Pendleton Lane; a residence in the 100 block of Cavalry Court, a residence in the 1200 block of Pendleton Lane; and an attempted burglary in the 200 block of Cameron Court as part of the case.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola said that drugs were part of the motivation for Strickler’s burglaries.

“He did tell investigators he needed money for weed,” Campola said, using a slang term for marijuana.

Wood’s case is still pending. He has another date in circuit court scheduled for 9 a.m. May 15.

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