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2014-01-08 / News Briefs

Former firefighter charged with theft of firetruck

Michael Buettner

A former volunteer firefighter has been arrested on a grand larceny charge in connection with the theft last summer of a county firetruck.

The Chesterfield County Police Department said last week that Kevin W.T. Burns, 27, of the 12500 block of Sandbag Road, was arrested in late December. The charge stems from the July 20 theft of a 2000 Pierce Quantum fire engine from a maintenance facility on Lori Lane in the county government complex.

Police said at the time that an officer found the fire engine stuck in a ditch and pointed in the wrong direction on a sharp curve on Woodpecker Road near the intersection with Bundle Road. Investigators later found that the vehicle had been stolen from the maintenance facility, where the thief had crashed it through a gate to drive it off the property.

The fire engine was at the facility to be prepared for service as a foam support unit at Airport Station 15.

A Fire and Emergency Medical Services spokesman said last week that Burns had been a volunteer fireman at the Wagstaff Circle fire station off Providence Road but was suspended at the time of the theft.

Investigators continue to seek information about this incident. Anyone who has information is asked to call the Chesterfield County Police Department at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660 or visit www.crimesolvers.net.

Suspect arrested in Chester-area bank robberies

A Prince George man arrested in connection with an alleged husband-and-wife bank robbery in Colonial Heights has now been charged with two bank robberies in the Chester area.

Police said Eric J. Shelton, 40, faces charges in Chesterfield County of robbery and wearing a mask in a public place in connection with two bank robberies that occurred on West Hundred Road last month.

According to police, a man approached a teller at the Virginia Commonwealth Bank branch at 4600 W. Hundred Road on Dec. 4 and passed a note demanding money. The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. On Dec. 14, a man approached a teller at the Bank of Virginia branch at 4023 W. Hundred Road and passed a note demanding money. The suspect again fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Shelton and his wife, Angela C. Shelton, 39, were arrested in late December by Colonial Heights Police on charges related to a robbery at the Eastern Virginia Bank branch at 3012 Boulevard. Colonial Heights police said Angela Shelton was driving the couple’s car when officers stopped it shortly after the robbery.

The Sheltons are being held without bond at Riverside Regional Jail.

Employee injured in robbery at convenience store

Police are searching for the suspect in a New Year’s Day robbery that left a convenience store employee injured.

The Chesterfield County Police Department said an employee of Spencer’s Grocery at 5144 Centralia Road was opening the store around 5:10 a.m. on Jan. 1 when someone came up behind him and hit him repeatedly in the head.

The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash from the victim and left the scene. The victim was taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center with injuries that police said were not life-threatening.

Anyone who has information is asked to call the Chesterfield County Police Department at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660 or visit www.crimesolvers.net.

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