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Burglary suspect caught on trail camera

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When a downtown Hillsville business was repeatedly robbed, police set up surveillance

By Ethan Campbell

HILLSVILLE – Several felony warrants have resulted in indictments by Carroll County Circuit Court regarding a series of repetitive burglary offenses.

The first of these incidences occurred back on Nov. 9, when a local business was broken into and an array of items were taken.

Hillsville Police Department (HPD) has been investigating the situation, and after a second reported burglary at the same address on Jan.14, law enforcement decided to set up surveillance at the location to gain additional information.

During a third attempted break-in on Jan. 26, a trail camera set up by police identified the offender as Danny Keyes, 34, of Carroll County. According to the report provided by HPD Sgt. Alan Gravely, Keyes realized during the attempt that he was being recorded and tried to move the camera’s field of view, following up by removing the camera’s battery pack.

After recovering the camera, Gravely discovered that the memory card remained in place, and was able to recover the surveillance footage up to the point of the battery pack being removed.

HPD also conducted an investigation of the property surroundings and located a trail of dropped items leading back to Keyes’ residence, which is next door to the scene of the robbery, according to the report.

Charges have been filed and sent to Carroll Circuit Court against Keyes and three other county residents for their involvement in the November robbery. They include:

• Kelley Driver, 35, of Woodlawn – felony grand larceny of more than $200, not from a person; felony breaking and entering a building with intent to commit larceny;

• Justin Quesenberry, 32, of Hillsville – felony possession of stolen goods valued at more than $200;

• Misty Dalton, 45, of Hillsville – felony grand larceny of more than $200, not from a person; felony breaking and entering a building with intent to commit larceny;

• Keyes – felony grand larceny of more than $200, not from a person; felony breaking and entering a building with intent to commit larceny.

A second set of charges has been filed against Keyes for the most recent attempted break-in on Jan. 26. He is charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor of petty larceny of less than $200, not from a person, for stealing the battery pack from the surveillance camera owned by HPD; as well as trespassing with attempted breaking and entering and a Class 1 misdemeanor for the destruction of property valued at more than $1,000.

He is being held without bond at the New River Valley Regional Jail. Driver is free on a $2,500 bond, and the jail website had no listing for the status of Driver or Quesenberry.

As a result of the investigation, the business owner has recovered most of the items that were stolen.