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Bumpass Man Convicted of Stealing from Vacant Homes

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Office of Louisa County Commonwealth's Attorney Press Release

Louisa – Louisa County Commonwealth's Attorney Rusty McGuire announced that Dallas Kellison, 41, Bumpass plead guilty to two counts of burglary and two counts of larceny of items from vacant properties.

On March 22, 2014, a vacant home was burglarized in Louisa. The criminal took the refrigerator and gas stove from the house as well as the outside heat pump. On March 25, 2014, a man saw two men wearing hoodies driving a white truck approach another vacant house. The house was for sale and the owner had moved to Georgia. The neighbor called owners who said they knew nothing about any reason for someone to be at the home. The neighbor then called the real estate agent to see if he knew of repairs that were being done to the house or any other reason for the men to be there. After finding out there was no valid reason for them to be there, he called the 911 giving a description of the pickup truck.

Louisa County Deputies stopped the reported vehicle while it still contained the washer/dryer units and heat pumps from the house the men had just burglarized. During a search of the vehicle the officers found a sheet of paper with a few addresses of homes in Louisa. Detective Carlton Johnson and Mark Stanton were assigned to the case and they went to the addresses on the sheet of paper and found vacant properties that were missing heat pumps. The Detectives then executed a search warrant on Kellison's home and found numerous heat pumps and appliances. They particularly found the refrigerator and gas stove that were stolen from the other home on March 22, 2014. They also found receipts where Kellison was selling scrap metal at scrap yards in Fredericksburg for small amounts of money.

On speaking on the conviction McGuire said “property owners need to take steps to secure their houses while they are unoccupied. Criminals look for these properties to make a quick buck on scrap metal but the damages will cost you thousands.” Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Adam Ward also prosecuted this case said “these cases can be difficult to prosecute because few homeowners can identify the brand or serial number of their heat pumps following a theft. However, great police work put Mr. Kellison out of business.”

Kellison is scheduled to be sentenced on October 20, 2014 and faces up to 61 years of incarceration.

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