The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Friday, December 6, 2013
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
Two Chatham men face up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court to possession of burglary tools and trespassing for breaking into Doyle Enterprises in August.
Curtis Wayne Martin, 36, and Gary Dean Moss, 57, entered the pleas through an agreement that reduced their felony breaking and entering charges to misdemeanor trespassing charges.
While conducting surveillance at the former sewing factory shortly after 1 a.m. on Aug. 26, Sgt. Kelvin Pruett with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office observed a pickup truck enter the parking lot and pull to the back of the building, 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.
A sentencing hearing is set for Feb. 13, 2014, at 3 p.m. for Martin and 3:15 p.m. for Moss.
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.