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Madison Woman Pleads Guilty to Culpeper Burglaries

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Kathy Gail Hovey-Smith Kathy Gail Hovey-Smith

A serial burglar is now behind bars, after pleading guilty to a slew of charges in Culpeper County.  

Kathy Gail Hovey-Smith, 34, of Madison County entered a plea agreement that netted her 36 years in prison - with 33 years suspended. Hovey-Smith will have 10 years of supervised probation upon release and will pay $9,050 in restitution to victims.

Hovey-Smith was involved in more than 10 burglaries in southern Culpeper County, beginning in December 2011. 

She also has several similar pending cases in Orange County.


Culpeper County Sheriff's Office

Press Release

On May 7, 2013, Kathy Gail Hovey-Smith, 34 of Madison County, Virginia pled guilty in Culpeper County Circuit Court to 7 counts of unlawful entry, 5 counts of grand larceny, 1 count of larceny of a firearm, 1 count of possession of burglarious tools, and 1 count of obstruction of justice.

The Culpeper County Sheriff's Office concluded an investigation into more than ten daytime burglaries in southern Culpeper County that began in December 2011. The investigation began when an unoccupied residence on Monitor Road was broken into during the day and money and prescription medication were stolen. Less than a month later, the same residence was burglarized again. In the months to follow, Sheriff's Detectives appealed to the community for information concerning these cases. Concerned citizens as well as additional victims came forth as a result and Sheriff's Detectives accounted for at least six additional residences that were victim to similar burglaries, some of which were victimized more than once. Upon her arrest, Hovey-Smith was found to be using a GPS navigation device that detectives used to gather a detailed account of her crime spree.

More than twenty five witnesses were scheduled to testify in a two day trial when Hovey-Smith entered a plea. The plea agreement sentenced Hovey-Smith to 36 years in prison, 33 of which were suspended, and ten years of supervised probation upon her release. She was also ordered to pay $9,050 in restitution to the victims.

Detectives believe there may be additional victims and are continuing their investigation. The public is encouraged to contact Culpeper County Sheriff's Office Detective Steve St.Clair if they have knowledge of Hovey-Smith's whereabouts between December 2011 and December 2012.

Sheriff Jenkins said, "Her actions impacted the lives of many families in this community. The Detectives worked diligently to bring her to justice and we are very pleased with the outcome."

Hovey-Smith has pending cases stemming from similar incidents in Orange County, Virginia. Madison County Sheriff's Office assisted in this investigation.

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