Authorities charge two in burglary, theft

Bernard Ballard
Phoebe Kidwell

FRONT ROYAL – Two Frederick County residents face charges in the burglary of a Warren County home.

Bernard Lee Ballard, 50, and Phoebe Sue Kidwell, 43, both of 149-3 Stephenson Road, Stephenson, have been charged with single counts each of grand larceny and of entering a house on Monday with the intent to commit larceny, assault and battery or other felony, according to information released from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.

Ballard and Kidwell were released Tuesday from Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on $2,500 and $1,500 bond, respectively.

Warren County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Emily Young responded to 6986 Winchester Road north of Front Royal at approximately 2.44 p.m. Monday for a report of a breaking and entering into a residence. Property valued at more than $1,000 had been taken from the residence, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities identified Ballard and Kidwell as suspects and obtained warrants for their arrest on the charges. The Front Royal Police Department located a vehicle matching the description in which Ballard and Kidwell were known to be in. Town police and Warren County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Charles Brogan stopped the vehicle and took Ballard and Kidwell into custody.

Warren County Sheriff’s Office investigator Brad Pugh obtained a warrant to search the Stephenson Road address in an attempt to recover property. The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office assisted in executing the search warrant, during which investigators found a utility trailer that had been reported stolen to the Front Royal Police Department on March 8. The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office handled the recovery of the trailer.

Anyone with more information about the case is asked to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at 540-635-7100 or 540-635-4128.

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