Nelson Man Found Sleeping in Stolen Car Arrested in Waynesboro

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Waynesboro Police Department Press Release

The Waynesboro Police Department has arrested a Nelson County man on multiple charges after an officer found him sleeping in a stolen vehicle at an apartment complex.

On November 19 at approximately 9:20 AM, a concerned citizen notified police about a suspicious individual who appeared to be sleeping in a vehicle on Wickham Lane, which is the cul de sac street that in Mountain View Apartments. Since the complex is across Ivy Street from Kate Collins Middle School, the school’s resource officer responded to the scene.

The officer located William Curtis Hope, 23 years old, of Schuyler. When the officer tried to rouse Hope from his slumber, he shrugged at the officer, turned over and went back to sleep. While he waited for another officer to arrive, the SRO did a routine wanted check of the vehicle, a 1996 Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck, through NCIC/VCIN. The vehicle had two different Virginia license plates on its front and back. Neither came back to the vehicle present.

When the officer ran the vehicle’s VIN through NCIC/VCIN, it indicated the vehicle had been stolen in Buckingham County.

When a second officer arrived at the scene, they were able to awake Hope and place him into custody. A check of Hope’s information in NCIC/VCIN indicated there were active warrants on him from Nelson and Amherst Counties.

Officers also found methamphetamine and used syringes in the vehicle. Waynesboro felony charges for Hope are possession of methamphetamine and knowingly possess stolen property. He was also served with a capias/failure to appear and a grand larceny warrant from Nelson and Amherst Counties, respectively.

He is being held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail.

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