Two arrested in burglary case

Christopher Chappell

Front Royal police have arrested two homeless men who are accused of burglarizing a small engine equipment store on Nov. 17.

Police Chief Norman Shiflett said Joseph Thomas Feny, 23, and Christopher Barton Ashby Chappell, 21, have each been charged with one count of burglary and one count of conspiracy to commit burglary. Both also face a misdemeanor count of petit larceny linked to the burglary.

Police said the defendants stole an unspecified amount of money from the store cash register after they gained entry through a rear window.

Shiflett said police learned during their investigation into the burglary that unknown people — later determined to be Feny and Chappell — were living out of a shed in the back of Shenk’s at 518 N. Royal Ave., the business they allegedly burglarized.

Police also fielded two reports of vandalism at the store during the course of the burglary investigation.

Joseph Feny Jr.

Authorities estimated that Feny and Chappell had been living in the shed for three months before Shenk’s was burglarized.

Feny is currently being held in the Rappahannock Shenandoah and Warren Regional Jail. Chappell is out on bond awaiting trial.

Detective Jason Lethcoe said police are also investigating whether other recent burglaries are connected to the Shenk’s case.

“Right now, it’s still an open investigation,” Lethcoe said. “We’re looking for additional help from anybody in the general public who may have some information about these individuals or their associates.

“If there’s anybody out there that would point me in the right direction, I would be happy to hear about it.”

Lethcoe’s phone is 636-2208.

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