Burglary defendant accused of stealing Civil War-era gun

Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Toms Brook man Friday after linking him to a burglary in which a Civil War-era handgun was stolen.

Maj. Scott Proctor of the Sheriff’s Office identified the defendant as Richard Dennis Tolliver, 52.

Proctor said the Sheriff’s Office received a report Thursday that someone had burglarized a home in the 3000 block of North Main Street in Toms Brook and removed a handgun made in 1858.

Proctor said the burglary was committed between Aug. 15 and 19, a period during which witnesses also reported seeing Tolliver several times “in the area of a shed” on the vicitm’s property.

“And, of course, he did not have permission to be on the property,” Proctor said.

Proctor said authorities recovered the handgun in the area of the shed after arriving at the residence to investigate.

Tolliver was arrested without incident and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, burglary, larceny and interfering with the property rights of another person.

Tolliver was being held without bond in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on Monday. His next court appearance is scheduled for 11 a.m. Oct. 23 in Shenandoah County General District Court.

Tolliver’s criminal record includes a felony conviction for driving as a habitual offender on a revoked or suspended driver’s license.

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