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Augusta Sheriff’s Office Investigates Rooftop Burglary of Antique Mall

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Augusta County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating after burglars stole expensive items from two stores. In both cases, the suspects came in through AC units on the roof.

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office can’t say for sure that the two crimes are connected, but they are actively searching for whoever was involved.

Christopher William Jewelry Store in Weyers Cave was burglarized on July 13. Police reports indicate the thieves crawled down a drain pipe to get in. Deputies arrived at the Verona Factory Antique Mall on Sunday, July 20 where burglars apparently crawled through air ducts during the early morning hours.

The Sheriff’s Office says they're probably not dealing with your average burglar.

“The manner in which they enter the business is indicative of forethought and planning. They're bringing tools, they're bringing items that will help them break in,” said Sgt. Brian Jenkins of Augusta Co. Sheriff’s Office.

At Vailes in Waynesboro they sell similar AC units to the ones the burglars had to move in order to get into the businesses. Workers at the store say whoever did it couldn't have acted alone.

“I would say you'd need to be knowledgeable in the ductwork, I guess construction industry to know to move that and it would take some time because they're heavy equipment,” said Julie Brubaker of Valies.

Neither of the owners of the burglarized businesses commented, but the Verona Factory Antique Mall is offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone in the case.

Augusta County Sheriff’s Office Press Release:

On Sunday July 20, 2014, Augusta County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to the Verona Factory Antique Mall on Lodge Lane in Verona, Virginia for a report of a commercial burglary which had occurred overnight.

It was discovered that at least two suspects had burglarized the mall by entering through a roof top air conditioner. Once the air conditioner unit was breached, one of the suspects crawled down the ducting leading to the interior of the establishment. Once access was gained, the thieves attacked display cases. Vendors are still tabulating the losses, but coins, money and precious metals and jewelry were the prime items targeted and taken during the burglary.

The suspects apparently exited via the roof and the burglary was not discovered until noon on Sunday when staff came in to open up for the day.

Anyone with information regarding this commercial burglary are requested to contact Sgt. Brian Jenkins with the Augusta County Sheriff's Office at (540) 245-5333 or Central Shenandoah Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-2017

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