Woman charged with vehicle break-ins

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Suspect found trying to keep warm in car police say she was trying to steal.

By Landmark News Service

A Galax woman has been arrested and charged with breaking and entering of several vehicles in the Fairview community.
Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Samantha Cox, 22, of Wisteria Lane, was arrested Jan. 11 after the sheriff's department received several reports of damaged vehicles after the alleged attempted theft of vehicles in the Fairview area.
Fairview Baptist Church reported $1,000 damage to two Dodge vans after ignition switches were damaged.
Several citizens also reported that someone had entered their vehicles in an attempt to steal them. In one attempt, the keys were in the four-wheel drive vehicle, but the hubs were not locked in and the vehicle was in two-wheel drive and could not be moved out of the driveway.
Police say the suspect stayed in the vehicle in an attempt to keep warm and used up all of the gas.
The regional 911 dispatch center in Galax received a rescue call for a female in the Fairview area who had been out in the cold for several hours.  
Deputies Stefan Killon and Kevin Watson responded to interview the suspect. Cox was treated and released at Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax.
Cox was charged with tampering with an automobile, trespassing, destruction of property and possession of burglary tools. She is being held without bond in the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin pending her arraignment in Grayson County General District Court.