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Virginia ABC and Halifax Sheriff’s Office Collaborate to Apprehend Suspects Linked to Rash of Thefts

July 29, 2016

News Release Contact:

Jennifer Guild - (804) 325-8468
Email: jennifer.guild@abc.virginia.gov

Virginia ABC and Halifax Sheriff’s Office Collaborate to Apprehend Suspects Linked to Rash of Thefts

Special agents in the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s (ABC) Bureau of Law Enforcement assisted with the arrest of suspects linked to break-ins and thefts this month in Halifax County.

On July 27, Virginia ABC Special Agent Jimmy Clay observed two males and a female leaving an unoccupied residence with lawn equipment. The special agent contacted the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office to advise them of the suspicious activity. Deputies stopped the suspect’s vehicle and upon investigation determined the personal property was stolen.

Further investigation by Virginia ABC’s Bureau of Law Enforcement and the sheriff’s office connected the suspects to another larceny incident that recently occurred at a separate location in the county. The sheriff’s office is trying to determine if the subjects are involved in other thefts reported in the past couple of weeks.

The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office issued the following:

  • Sarah Snead, 18, of Clover was charged with two felony counts of grand larceny.
  • Michael Lee Totherow, 27, of Alton was charged with two felony counts of grand larceny.
  • Michael Lee Willis-Rocket, 25, of South Boston was charged with two felony counts of grand larceny and one misdemeanor count of providing false information to avoid arrest. Officials determined Willis-Rocket is also a fugitive from North Carolina, generating an additional felony charge.

Virginia ABC COO Travis Hill complimented Special Agent in Charge Steve Baffuto and his team, saying “This is an excellent example of collaborative policing and our special agent properly bringing in uniformed local enforcement to handle the non-emergency situation.”

Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark agreed. “This arrest is good police work by both agencies made possible by strong working relationships special agents have with local law enforcement,” Clark said.

Anyone with information concerning recent thefts in the Halifax area are asked to contact Halifax County Chief Investigator Lt. Mike Womack at (434) 476-3339.

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The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.8 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 359 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 17,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now marking its 82nd year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.

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