Friday, March 15, 2013
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A Troutville man has been indicted in connection with the theft of a vintage Corvette from a residence in Sontag last June.
Eric Jason Auen, 38, was indicted earlier this week on four felony charges -- breaking and entering, grand larceny, larceny of a firearm and possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a felony.
On June 29, 2012, deputies began an investigation of a break-in at a residence on Tom's Knob Road in which two lawn mowers, a stereo and rifle were stolen, according to Investigator Eric Ingram with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
Also stolen was a 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, valued at $25,000, Ingram said.
Acting on tips from residents, Investigator Gary Shively identified Auen as a suspect and learned that the Corvette had been sold in Henry County and taken to Fayetteville, N.C., Ingram said.
Another tip provided investigators with the cell phone number of the purchaser, he added.
The Corvette was located in North Carolina on Jan. 24 and returned to its owner, Ingram said. The other stolen items were not recovered.
Auen is being held in the Western Virginia Regional Jail on other charges, Ingram said.