Strasburg man charged after police link him to stolen car, knife

Mack Tolbert

Strasburg police arrested a 33-year-old man early Tuesday morning after they concluded he had taken a car without permission, stole plates from another vehicle to use and was allegedly found with a large knife.

Officers arrested 33-year-old Mack Tolbert after the woman who lived with him on the 200 block of Stonewall Street reported her car missing, said Strasburg Police Chief Wayne Sager.

The woman suspected Tolbert had the vehicle and told police where she believed he was.

They found him on the 2900 block of John Marshall Highway where he had parked the car in the parking lot of a store and went to a residence in the area, Sager said.

Officers found the car keys. It appeared Tolbert had removed the plates from another vehicle and put them on the car he would drive.

“Mr. Tolbert did admit that he took some tags from the other vehicle,” Sager said.

They found a suspected meth pipe, which was sent to a lab for testing, Sager said.

Officers said they found a large Bowie knife in the bag.

Tolbert admitted to taking the car but did not say why he needed the car or the knife.

Strasburg police charged Tolbert with carrying a concealed weapon, driving with a revoked driver’s license, displaying fictitious plates, possession of a schedule I or II drug, grand larceny in the theft of the vehicle. He was also charged with larceny, second conviction, in the theft of the plates from the other vehicle.

He is being held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.

Tolbert has previously pleaded guilty to selling a schedule I or II drug and to the manufacturing of an imitation schedule I or II drug.