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Two Galax men have been arrested and charged with four counts of grand larceny and tampering with a motor vehicle.
Rhyan Lee Isom and David W. Rodriguez, both age 18, were charged on July 22 with breaking in to four cars parked in residences' driveways. All the vehicles were left unlocked, with valuables in plain sight, said Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.
The suspects took $3,000 worth of items — most of which have been recovered. The items stolen included cash, credit cards and electronic devices.
Galax Police Officer Mark Burnett had spotted the two suspects in the West Galax area acting suspiciously prior to the police department receiving the first report that came in that morning.
When victims started reporting the crimes, Burnett and Police Officer Bryan Felts located Isom and Rodriguez, and after an investigation, issued warrants for their arrest.
Galax police reminded people to lock their vehicles and not leave cash or credit cards in unlocked or unattended vehicles.
Both Isom and Rodriguez were transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail pending their appearance in the Galax General District Court.