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Arrests made in robbery
Southern Gun break-in was Friday
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
Two people were arrested Monday in connection with the robbery of 11 semiautomatic handguns from a local gun store, said Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry.
Rashawn Bernard Valentine, 20, of 1313 Cardinal Lane, Martinsville, was charged with 11 counts of larceny of a firearm and one count of burglary, Perry said. All the charges are felonies.
Valentine was being held in the Henry County Jail without bond, the sheriff said.
A 15-year-old male also was arrested, Perry said. The teen's name was not released due to his age, and details about the charges against him were not available late Monday.
The teen was taken to W.W. Moore Detention Center in Danville, Perry said.
The arrests were in connection with a break-in and robbery at Southern Gun in the early hours of Friday morning. The store is at 6311 Virginia Ave., Bassett.
David Haskins, owner of Southern Gun, said 11 guns were taken during the break-in. He added that two guns were dropped as the perpetrators fled the store.
Haskins said he does not yet know the value of the guns because he does not yet have a list of those taken.
Perry credited tips called in through Crime Stoppers with helping investigators make the arrests.
"We're thankful for the involvement by the community," he said.
The investigation is continuing, and officers are looking into the role of a third person who they believe was on the scene during the incident, Perry said.
Investigators also are probing whether there might be a link between the robbery of Southern Gun and an attempted break-in less than two hours later Friday at K & F Pawn Shop, 8620 A.L. Philpott Highway, Martinsville. Two men were charged in that case.
Entry was not made there, Perry said.
"One of my officers happened to be right in the vicinity of the call," he said. Because of that quick response, two arrests were made, he said.
Authorities have information on a third suspect believed to have been involved in the incident at the pawn shop, Perry said.
"We hope to get positive identification" on that person soon, the sheriff said.
Charged in connection with the pawn shop incident were Christopher Demar Hughes, 20, of 631 Watt St., Martinsville, and Teryle Charles Hinton, 20, of Circle Drive, Martinsville. Each is charged with attempted break and enter, and Hughes also was charged with possession of burglary tools, police have said.
Anyone with information on the incidents Friday is asked to call the sheriff's office at 638-8751 or Crime Stoppers at 632-7463.
Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward.
Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information related to crimes. The amount of any reward depends on the substance of information provided and the nature of the crime.