Seven people have been charged in burglaries at a Moneta house where a man's body was discovered after a September fire, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office announced.
After the Sept. 14 fire at a house in the 900 block of Lakemount Drive, authorities found the body of 83-year-old Frank Roosevelt Arrington. The medical examiner's office said Nov. 9 that Arrington's death was ruled an accident and was caused by "inhalation of combustion products."
After break-ins at the home on Sept. 15 and 17, the sheriff's office charged Zachariah N. Markham, 25, of Glade Hill with grand larceny, breaking and entering, and destruction of property, and Brittany D. Nichols, 31, of Rocky Mount with grand larceny and breaking and entering.
On Oct. 30, deputies went to the house once again on a suspicious person call.
Brett Halsey, 30; Amanda Maggio, 29; Christopher Palmero, 31; and Joseph Stewart, 30, all of Roanoke, were charged with grand larceny and burglary.
Two of them told investigators they could recover possessions from the house in a room at the Starlite Motel in Roanoke, according to a search warrant. At the motel, investigators found a score of items, including a pilot's uniform, a pearl necklace and a copy of "Huckleberry Finn."
Investigators later searched the Roanoke home of Arrington's stepson, Keith Arrington, 50, who has been charged with burglary and grand larceny. At the home, officials found a safe, electronics and a Chevrolet truck registered to Frank Arrington.
"The owners of the estate have been advised to make arrangements to more properly secure the residence," the sheriff's office said of the Lakemount Drive house. "This investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be pending."