Two Front Royal men arrested in vehicle break-in investigation

Forrest Albert McClanahan

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men as a result of an investigation into a rash of vehicle break-ins in the area.

Forrest Albert McClanahan, 31, and Devon Barret Galloway, 25, both of Front Royal, were arrested in the early morning hours of Nov. 22 after law enforcement received a call from a Fort Valley resident about items being stolen from the caller’s car hours before, Lt. Landon Ritenour with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies responded to information from the victim and were able to locate and arrest Galloway and McClanahan after a traffic stop just before 5 a.m.

Galloway and McClanahan confessed to the larceny that night, Ritenour said, and through interviews, the two confessed to five others in the Fort Valley area. Ritenour alleged that the two stole a wide range of items that included cash, firearms and a GPS system.

Both were charged with three counts of grand larceny, three counts of conspiracy to commit grand larceny, six counts of vehicle breaking and entering, and two counts of petit larceny. McClanahan was also charged with driving on a suspended license and Galloway was charged with allowing a person with a suspended license to drive.

Ritenour noted that all of the victims in this case left their vehicles unlocked at night while parked outside of their residences.

Devon Barret Galloway

Sgt. Daniel Maxfield with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that search warrants linked to the investigation were executed at two residences somewhere in Warren County,  but Maxfield refused to reveal where the search warrants were executed, citing the ongoing investigation.

Numerous items were recovered during the execution of the search warrants, Maxfield said. Details on how many items or what was recovered, however, were not revealed. He did not know the estimated value of the recovered items. He also refused to discuss where in Warren County the break-ins occurred. Maxfield said he did not know how many vehicles were broken into.

Warren County investigators charged Galloway with three counts of petit larceny and five counts of breaking into a vehicle. More charges could be forthcoming against one or both men as more information is obtained, Maxfield said.

Maxfield said  residents should always make sure their vehicle doors are locked and windows are rolled up, especially during the holiday season.

McClanahan is being held without bond in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, and Galloway was granted a $5,000 secured bond. Both have hearings set for Jan. 19 in Shenandoah County General District Court, and Galloway has a hearing set for Jan. 10 in Warren County General District Court.

Northern Virginia Daily reporter Melissa Topey contributed to this article.

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