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Highland Springs man to serve two years for stealing items from Charles City Masonic Lodge

By Andre Jones | September 14, 2018 10:43 am

A Highland Springs man who stole from a civic organization will serve two years in jail.

Torrey Lamar Jefferson, 28, of the 1700 block of Ivy Cliffs Court, entered a guilty plea to grand larceny as part of a plea agreement reached Friday morning in Charles City Circuit Court. One charge of burglary was dropped as part of the plea deal.

In a summary of evidence presented by Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Tyler, in early June, members of Charles City’s Masonic Lodge went into their building for a meeting when they discovered the back window was broken. When searching through the lodge, they discovered a printer, masonic jewels, a baton, a masonic hat, and a sword was stolen. The total of the items taken exceeded $3,000.

Two weeks later, Jefferson was arrested in King William. Upon his arrest, the officer noticed that the defendant was wearing unique jewels and questioned about them. Jefferson told the officer that he was a member of Charles City’s Masonic Lodge. Suspicious about the story, the officer contacted authorities in Charles City and discovered the items were taken a few weeks before. Jefferson was taken into custody in King William and later transported into the custody of Charles City officers.

Under the agreement, Jefferson received a 10-year jail sentence with eight years suspended.