Two Suspects Arrested in Connection With Break-Ins


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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- After a slew of break-ins across Augusta County and an investigation spanning eight months, police have nabbed two of the three suspects.

Calvary United Methodist Church in Stuarts Draft was one of the places police said the suspects hit.

"There was a lock that looked like it had been fiddled with," said Pastor Doug Paysour.

Paysour described the signs that pointed his church to a sad truth, "Just things were amiss. And we began to wonder why things were amiss."

That's when they realized they were missing some equipment, which Paysour said included six laptops.

The Augusta County Sheriff's Office has been investigating the break-ins since August.

Troy Von Moos, 19, and Nathan Landes, were indicted on April 28 in connection with the church break-in, as well as a slew of others across the county, including one on Cattle Scales Road.

Von Moos was arrested on May 1 and Landes arrested on April 30. Jack Deaton has also been indicted, but not yet arrested.

"Churches are not immune from things that everybody else has happen to them," said Paysour. He also said the church has tried to respond in a way their role model would.

"We deal with it, try to deal with it with grace. At the same time, hope people can learn from mistakes and move on," said Paysour "I hope they'll use it for a wake-up call, see that there's a better way, a different way to live out their lives. That's the best I think I can hope for."

The suspects face several charges of breaking and entering, and grand larceny.

Court records show Landes is due in court on May 7 and Von Moos will first appear on June 9.


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