Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is Looking for Missing Nativity Scene Figures!

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the larceny of figures from a nativity scene from the Shiloh United Methodist Church located at 18121 Forest Road Forest, Va. The church is located at the corner of Graves Mill Road and Forest Road.
A church member advised that the items were stolen sometimes between 9:00 p.m. Sunday night and 6:00 a.m. this morning.
Below is a description of the stolen figures…………(3) wise men, (2) sheep, (1) shepherd, (1) cow, (1) camel, (1) donkey, baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
The figures are three to four feet tall, freshly painted and are 40 to 50 years old.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to please contact Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 888-798-5900 or the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827. All crime stopper callers remain anonymous and could receive a reward up to a $1,000.00.

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Sheriff’s Corner: Bedford County Emergency Notification System

Bedford County initiated the “Reverse 911 System” back in 2006 with, what was at the time, the most sophisticated system available, to send out emergency messages via telephone, advising citizens of potential dangers.
These days, many folks are using only cell phones and have done away with land lines all together. In order to provide the best possible service to everyone in Bedford County, the Emergency Notification System, ENS, has now been upgraded so that your cell phone number can be registered for ENS, should an emergency occur that citizens need to be made aware of; Forest fires, hazardous waste spills, multiple vehicle accidents, anything that could endanger your family or home.
If you have a land line, listed or unlisted, your home phone is already in the data base. However, you need to register your cell number or VOIP, (Magic Jack, Comcast, Vonage, etc.) number with the Sheriff’s office to ensure that any emergency call going out to your area of the county, will also be sent to your cell.
Please log on to the website; www.bedfordcountysheriff.org and follow the easy instructions to register. If you do not have Internet availability, you can still register your cell number by calling the Sheriff’s office and provide the necessary information for registration. Call 540-586-4800 x 4015.
“The safety of Bedford Citizens is our highest priority and this is best done by utilizing the newest technologies available.”

Download the December 2012 PDF “Sheriff’s Corner”

Joey Roach Arrested!

Joey Roach was arrested 11/30/2012 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. He was transported to the Blue Ridge Reginal Jail in Bedford, where he is being held without bond.

Sheriff Brown Urges Everyone to ‘Lock It Or Lose It’

Location: Forest, VA

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of larceny complaints in the Perrowville Road area of Forest.
Victims are reporting items missing from their unlocked vehicles that are parked in their driveways. Missing items that have been reported range from credit cards to laptop computers and are taken during the night.
Citizens throughout the county are encouraged to keep their vehicles locked whenever parked. Do not leave any items of value in vehicles.

Residents in the Perrowville Road area will be receiving a phone call from our Emergency Notification System regarding these larceny complaints.

Protect your belongings; “Lock It, Or Lose It”.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 888-798-5900.
All crime stopper callers remain anonymous and you could receive a reward up to a $1,000.00.

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Investigators Looking for Vinton Man in Connection with Several Charges

ARRESTED

Investigators with Bedford County Sheriff’s Office are currently looking for Joey Dwayne Roach of Vinton, Virginia, in connection with the following charges: burglary, grand larceny of firearms, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, grand larceny of timber and felony property damage.
Anyone with information of his whereabouts is asked to please contact Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 888-798-5900, or the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827. All crime stopper callers remain anonymous and could receive a reward up to a $1,000.00.

 

Joey Dwayne Roach
Vinton, VA

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Lynchburg Man Arrested Unlawful Filming, Videotaping or Photographing of Another

Bedford, VA- Auri Christopher Collin Jones age 28, of Lynchburg Virginia was arrested on November 14, 2012, on one felony count of, Unlawful filming, videotaping or photographing of another; in violation of §18.2-386.1 (D), Code of VA. On November 15, 2012 Jones was arrested on one misdemeanor count of Unlawful filming, videotaping or photographing of another; in violation of §18.2-386.1 (A).
Law enforcement officials are working with a local church in Bedford County and two colleges in the Lynchburg area where Jones was employed as a youth leader and adjunct Professor. Authorities were notified that Jones was a volunteer on “Finding Faith” film that was filmed in Bedford County and the surrounding area. Authorities have not found any link to criminal activity that occurred during the filming. The investigation is continuing in multiple jurisdictions
and additional charges are pending.
Jones was released on bond from the Blue Ridge Regional Jail, Lynchburg Facility.

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Man Arrested and Awaiting Extradition to Virginia for Use of a Communications System to Solicit a Child

On November 15, 2012, investigators with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (SOVA-ICAC) and the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (NCICAC), served a search warrant in the 5000 Block of Sullivantown Rd., in Walkertown, NC and seized evidence related to an ongoing investigation in to the online sexual exploitation of a child.
Investigators form the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, assigned to the SOVA-ICAC, were investigating a suspect who was online soliciting children for sexual purposes. Investigators were able to identify and locate the suspect as Grady Wayne Mabe, Jr. who was living in North Carolina. The investigators contacted the NCICAC, and arrangements were made to execute a search warrant at Mabe’s residence in NC. In addition, arrest warrants were obtained by the SOVA-ICAC investigators, for violation of the Code of Virginia Statute 18.2-374.3, “Use of a Communications System to Solicit a Child”.
During the service of the search warrant, Grady Wayne Mabe Jr. was arrested pursuant to the warrants from Virginia. Mabe was taken to the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center and was confined with no bond. He is currently incarcerated in the FCLEDC awaiting extradition to Virginia. Mabe’s next scheduled court appearance is November 30, 2012, in Preliminary court, in North Carolina.

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Man Arrested For Engaging Minors In Sexually Explicit Communcations

Bedford, VA- Brian Keith Spivey age 50, of Hephzibah, Georgia was arrested on October 26, 2012, on charges involving use of a communication system to facilitate certain offenses involving children, in violation of §18.2-374.3 Code of VA.

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Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Fall Newsletter

Take the time to read the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Fall Newsletter which is full of good information for the citizens of Bedford County. In this issue:

1. “Bath Salts” Use on the Rise
2. Public Safety Memorial
3. Election Day Almost Here
4. VSI Members Speak Out
5. Dangers of Texting While Driving
6. Scholarship Applications Now Available
7. Message from Sheriff Michael J. Brown

To read the newsletter download the PDF.

Scam Alert: Don’t Let Your Bank Account Be Compromised!

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has received several calls in the last several days
from citizens reporting that their bank accounts have been compromised.
Victims report they received a text messages on their phones stating:
“Notice of (Name of Bank) account suspension. Please visit a (web-site address) to
solve the problem”
Victims then go to the web-site and fill in their account information. Later after
checking their statement the victims learn that they are missing money from their
accounts.
*Note: Banks will not text you or email you if there is a problem with your account.
Never enter account info into websites, they are usually phony sites made to look like
your bank’s site. If you receive such a message, pick up the phone and call your bank
directly or stop in to verify.
Never give out ANY personal or banking information over the
telephone or computer to anyone before verifying who you are
sharing this information with!

Please download the PDF Press Release for More Information