Glade Hill man pleads guilty to string of larcenies

Alan Michael Crook

After pleading guilty on Nov. 29, a 26-year-old Glade Hill man received a five-year sentence for his role in a series of larcenies, according to a news release from Franklin County Commonwealth’s Attorney A.J. Dudley.

Alan Michael Crook, 26, was sentenced to 62 years with five years that must be served immediately, Dudley said.

On Nov. 8, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office arrested Crook and James Todd Smith, 54, also of Glade Hill, after a series of thefts that occurred earlier this year, according to a news release from Capt. Phillip Young.

Initially, the sheriff’s office recovered 37 items that had been reported stolen; however, later that month an additional $30,000 in stolen property was recovered from a home in the 3000 block of Goldenview Road, Young said in the release. Stolen property included a John Deere riding mower with snow blade, a Toro zero-turn mower, a chainsaw, a weed eater, a portable heater, a kayak and various other hand tools.

Crook was charged with possession of stolen property, and Smith was charged with possession of stolen property, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm while in possession of drugs, Young said. Smith remains in custody in the Western Virginia Regional Jail, according to Vinelink.

As part of his sentence, Crook also was ordered to pay restitution for property not yet recovered.

In the release, Dudley clarified a term in Crook’s sentence. “Mr. Crook will be on good behavior for 65 years,” he said. “Usually if a defendant violates good behavior, there is no advance understanding as to what the punishment might be. Because of Mr. Crook’s particular track record, however, we felt it important to put Mr. Crook at an extreme disadvantage should he revert to criminal behavior, by insisting on a term stating that Mr. Crook agrees that no less than five years of his suspended sentence will be imposed if he is convicted of any felony or of any larceny-related misdemeanor, on top of whatever sentence the new conviction requires.”

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