The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Monday, September 2, 2013
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
Two Chatham men were arrested last week and charged with breaking into Doyle Enterprises in Truevine.
Curtis Wayne Martin, 36, and Gary Dean Moss, 57, are both charged with possession of burglary tools and breaking and entering.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office was conducting surveillance at the former sewing factory when Sgt. Kelvin Pruett observed a pickup truck enter the parking lot and pull to the back of the building shortly after 1 a.m. on Aug. 26, according to Investigator Eric Ingram.
Pruett then heard a garage door open and close at the back of the building, and he observed a suspect walking around back with a flashlight near the water tank, Ingram said.
When backup arrived at the scene, Pruett and his K-9 partner, Ammo, approached two men at the back of the building, Ingram said. Moss complied with the order to surrender, but Martin ran into the building. He was later found in the basement and taken into custody.
Sgt. Chris Johnson and deputies Darryl King and Paul Crandall assisted with the investigation and search for Martin.
The investigation remains active and additional charges are pending, Ingram said.
Doyle Enterprises has been the site of several thefts since the former sewing factory at 4330 Truevine Road closed.
In 2011, a Bassett man was indicted for stealing $10,000 worth of equipment from the facility, which is now used for storage. The case garnered a lot of attention when Investigator Gary Shively traced a half-eaten rotisserie chicken left at the crime scene to the suspect. The suspect was set for trial in August 2012, but he was killed in a car crash in June 2012.
More recently, the sheriff's office has investigated the theft of a heating and air conditioning unit, copper pipe and other metal items from the facility.