On February 23, 2015 at approximately 3:00 a.m., the Warren County Sheriff’s Office responded to a suspicious activity call at Walmart located at the Riverton Commons Shopping Center. Employees reported a male subject in the store who appeared to be attempting to leave the store with a cart full of high value merchandise worth approximately $3400. Employees also reported a vehicle circling the parking lot.
When deputies arrived the vehicle was seen leaving the lot through the rear access road. Deputies stopped the vehicle while other deputies stopped the subject in question. The rear of the vehicle, a pickup truck, had several large electronic items and plastic totes full of clothes in it with shipping labels from a Walmart in Dayton, Virginia. The Dayton Walmart was contacted and they confirmed that the vehicle and its occupants had been to their store and the items located in the bed of the truck had been stolen from their store.
Three subjects were taken into custody and warrants were obtained by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office for Conspiracy to Commit a Felony and Possession of stolen property for the following subjects:
Gene Baker, age 34 of Madison Heights, VA - held on a $2000 Bond
Marcus Jerome, age 32 of Oceanside, CA - held on a $3000 Bond
Christopher Miller, age 27 of Madison Heights, VA - held without Bond
Rockingham County obtained a warrant for Christopher Miller for Grand Larceny for the items taken from the Walmart in Dayton. That warrant was served by Warren County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
According to Sheriff McEathron the good work and quick attention in notifying the Sheriff’s Office assisted in the arrest of these individuals suspected of committing these crimes. The investigation continues and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with any further information related to this or other crimes should contact Sergeant Phillip Henry at 540-635-7100.
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February 23, 2015 Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron
Five Arrested for Bad Checks at Target
On Monday, February 2, 2015 at approximately 6:07 p.m. the Warren County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Asset Protection Department at the Crooked Run Plaza Target regarding three subjects that entered the store and were suspected of passing fraudulent checks at Target stores in Harrisonburg, Waynesboro and Lynchburg earlier in the day. Deputies responded and conducted a traffic stop in the Target parking lot on 2015 silver Dodge Caravan with North Carolina licenses plate number DBC4391. All five passengers were detained.
Warren County Deputies spoke with Asset Protection who provided four fraudulent personal checks and one fraudulent Travelers Check. Asset Protection provided video evidence of three individuals that had purchased over $1,300 of merchandise using the fraudulent checks.
The following five individuals were arrested on the following charges:
Schawn Curtis Rivers, age 27, Jacksonville, Florida – two counts of felony bad check, one count of conspiracy, two counts of obtaining money by false pretense, one count of forgery, and one count of uttering.
Thomas Clark Washington, age 43, Jacksonville, Florida – one count of conspiracy.
Charles Tarence Baker, age 22, Jacksonville, Florida – one count of conspiracy.
James Elbert Graden, age 39, Jacksonville, Florida – one count of conspiracy, one count of obtaining money by false pretense, one count bad check (felony).
Josua Samuel Knight, age 22, Jacksonville, Florida – two counts passing bad checks (felony), two counts of obtaining money by false pretense (felony), one count of conspiracy.
All five subjects are being held at the RSW Regional Jail.
A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the seizure of a computer and related equipment, a large quantity of unprinted checks, several thousand dollars worth of Target gift cards, cellphones and fictitious IDs.
Sheriff McEathron advises that the excellent work and quick notification to law enforcement by Target and the deputies’ response contributed to the arrest of the suspects.
Warren County Sheriff’s Office investigation is ongoing and may involve several states. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Investigations at 540-635-7100.
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February 3, 2015 Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron
On January 20, 2015 at approximately 6:00 p.m. Warren County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Staples, in the Crooked Run Plaza, for a report of two black males passing $50.00 counterfeit bills. Sergeant Jason Poe located one male matching the provided description walking toward a maroon van parked near the BB&T Bank. As Sergeant Poe approached, the van fled the location. The male subject was detained.
The male was identified as 21 year old Phillip Johnson from Landover, Maryland. Johnson was in possession of merchandise that had been purchased from several Crooked Run Plaza businesses using the counterfeit $50.00 bills. Johnson was subsequently charged with three felonies and is being held at the RSW Regional Jail without bail.
Deputy Josh Kopp attempted to make a traffic stop on the maroon van as it exited the Plaza; however, the van continued traveling toward the Town of Front Royal. Due to the van’s erratic driving behavior, the attempt to stop the van was discontinued. A short time later, the unoccupied van was located in the 1700 block of N. Shenandoah Avenue. A sheriff K-9 was utilized in an attempt to locate the occupants of the van. Additional counterfeit bills and other items of evidence were located along the K-9 track.
Warren County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Front Royal Police Department and the Virginia State Police. Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to call Investigations Sergeant Phillip Henry at 540-635-7100.
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January 21, 2015 Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron
On January 13, 2015, at approximately 1:30 pm, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Target store in Warren County in reference to a larceny in progress. Deputies had not received any description of the subjects as they arrived on the scene but Deputy G. Phillips observed a male and a female with a small child leaving the store as he was entering. Surveillance video confirmed the subjects leaving the store were the suspects involved in this complaint. Deputy Phillips notified other deputies of the vehicle description and where the vehicle was located at that time. Deputies observed the vehicle as it headed north on 522 and was subsequently stopped by Deputy Charles Brogan.
Upon Deputy Brogan speaking with the driver, the driver gave a false identification and was eventually identified as Gary Thomas Sims of Martinsburg, WV, age 24. The passenger was identified as Amber Nixon of Martinsburg, WV, age 27. Items stolen from Target were video games that were valued over $600.00. The items were found in a diaper bag lined with aluminum foil.
Sims was charged with shoplifting, driving suspended and false information to a law enforcement officer. Nixon was charged with shoplifting and had warrants from Frederick County for shoplifting. The Department of Social Services was called to the scene to take custody of the 12 month old child.
Sims and Nixon were taken to RSW Regional Jail. Sims bonded out on a $6,000 secured bond and Nixon bonded out on a $1,000 secured bond.