Highland Springs men indicted, convicted in New Kent Circuit Court
Two Highland Springs men who burglarized a home in New Kent were not only indicted, but also admitted guilt during Monday proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court.
Christopher Samuel Causway Jr., 22, and Robert Heath Wyatt, 21, both entered guilty pleas to one count each of grand larceny and burglary. One charge of possession of a firearm by a nonviolent felon was dropped against Causway.
In a summary of evidence provided by New Kent Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, on May 14 New Kent deputies responded to the home of Matthew Craig on Rockahock Road in the Lanexa area of the county. Craig told officers that he had been out of town and when he returned, items were taken from the house. Among items that were taken include a chainsaw, Playstation 4 along with games for the system, a safe, handgun, and cash. Additionally, money was stolen from the purse of Pamela Crous0e, a colleague of Craig.
Less than a week later, Henrico County officers and investigators recovered a stolen church van that Causway and Wyatt occupied. The deputies determined the vehicle was taken from Louisa County and a search of the van discovered several items taken from the home of Craig. The defendants confessed that the items were pawned in Richmond and that the money received was used to help the duo purchase drugs.
Under the agreement, Causway received a 10-year sentence with seven years, nine months suspended (two years, three months to serve) on the burglary charge. All 10 years on the grand larceny charge were suspended. Wyatt received a 10-year sentence with all but three months suspended on the burglary charge. All 10 years on the grand larceny charge were suspended. Both Causway and Wyatt are facing additional charges in Louisa County including grand theft auto.
In other indictments certified by the grand jury:
–Paris Amber Carr, 31, of the 500 block of North Union Street, Wilmington, Delaware, on one count each of burglary and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Carr allegedly broke into the home of Randy Morrow on June 19.
–Isaac Alim Newman, 32, of the 8000 block of Point Lookout Road, West Point, on one count each of burglary and assault and battery on a law enforcement officer. Newman allegedly broke into the residence of Charles Brooks on July 9 and upon his arrest, assault an officer.
–Tiffany Beach Piparo, 33, of the 4700 block of Sherwood Drive, Quinton, on a lone count of DUI (third or subsequent offense). Piparo allegedly operated a vehicle while intoxicated on June 15.
–Raymond Cole Sams, 28, of the 7300 block of McClellan Road, Mechanicsville, on a solo count of felony eluding of police. The offense allegedly took place on Aug. 6.
–Julie C. Smith, 46, of the 1100 block of Duncan Drive, Williamsburg, on one count each of obtaining money by false pretenses and felony failure to appear. Smith allegedly received money from Lanexa Plaza by deception on Sept. 11, 2018 and did not appear in court on July 9 of this year.
–Matthew James Steen, 20, of the 5300 block of Hemlock Road, Quinton, on a single charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle. Steen allegedly used a vehicle belonging to Crystal Collins on March 2 without her permission.
–Maurice Washington Jr., 34, of the 10000 block of Alpine Road, Providence Forge, on one charge of possession of a schedule I/II substance. Washington allegedly committed the offense on Aug. 3.
–Rebecca Sue Williams, 34, of the 6300 block of Hickory Road, Quinton, on one count each of possession of a schedule I/II substance and misdemeanor pick-pocketing. Williams allegedly stole prescription medicine belonging to Kaytie Burks on June 19.
–Douglas Omar Zeledon-Linares, 26, of the 7600 block of Crestview Drive, Toano, on one count each of possession of a schedule I/II substance, misdemeanor DUI (second offense), and misdemeanor driving without a license. The offenses allegedly took place on May 10.