Gold theft charges headed to grand jury

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Suspect found in Hawaii after allegedly stealing gold, coins, cash

By Staff Reports

HILLSVILLE ― Carroll’s grand jury will consider charges against a 28-year-old Austinville man involving the theft of cash, collectible coins and small gold bars from a Carroll County residence last winter.
Investigators with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office charged two in the case, including Isaac Charles Edwards.
Deputies arrested Edwards March 7 after traveling to Hilo, Hawaii, where the Austinville resident was being detained by authorities.

Edwards faces charges of destroying evidence of a felony offense, conspiracy to enter a house to commit larceny (two counts), conspiracy to commit grand larceny and being an accessory to grand larceny, according to information from the courts.
Subjects had entered the home of Coolidge Beasley by breaking in through the front door, according to the investigator in the case, Donnie Spangler. The items taken had been removed from a safe in the home.
Beasley had been gone out and noticed the damage to the front door when he got home. He notified law enforcement.
The initial police report indicates that Beasley had been in Galax for a couple hours, fixing a truck there, when the incident at his home had happened.
Edwards had worked for Beasley, the investigator said.
Edwards made an appearance in Carroll County General District Court, where he was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Friday. He and his attorney Karen Boyer waived the accused’s right to a preliminary hearing before Judge E.M. Turner III.
This means that the case involving Edwards will next be considered by the Carroll grand jury. The grand jury will see if there’s enough evidence for the case to go to trial.
The second defendant in the case, Christopher Brandon Jones, 20, of Austinville has been indicted by the grand jury on charges of statutory burglary from the home of Coolidge Beasley; conspiracy to commit statutory burglary; grand larceny; conspiracy to commit grand larceny.
Jones is awaiting trial in circuit court.