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HILLSVILLE — Carroll deputies and a Virginia State Police canine unit quickly located a suspect in an Orchard Gap breaking and entering Monday, leading to charges against a 37-year-old Cana man, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
Deputies received a report at 8:22 a.m. from an unspecified property owner that someone had broken into his home while he was away, according to the deputies.
“Deputy Sheriff Brian Felts responded to the residence, where it was determined that a suspect had entered the home by pulling the window frame out and gaining access into a back bedroom,” a news release said. “Several items had been moved and a firearm, along with several knives, had been stolen.”
Felts put out an alert and asked for assistance from the state police canine unit.
Chief Deputy Gary Bourne and Investigator Donnie Spangler, after the alert, located a suspect along the roadside near the trailer park where the canine led officers.
Deputies say the suspect had several items from the break-in with him, and he confessed to the law enforcement personnel that he was responsible for the crime, according to the news release.
As a result, deputies charged Joey Allen Dalton, 37, of Cana with felony breaking and entering and petit larceny. After further investigation, Investigator Kevin Kemp additionally charged Dalton with felony breaking and entering and grand larceny in a separate incident on Bear Trail July 16.
Dalton is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail.