2 arrested after investigation of burglary at Augusta County vet's office

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Bryan Travis Bottenfield and Mary Elizabeth Shaver | Mugshots provided by Augusta County Sheriff's Office

An investigation into a burglary of an Augusta County veterinarian's office late last month has ended with two arrests.

According to the Augusta County Sheriff's Office, 29-year-old Bryan Travis Bottenfield and 22-year-old Mary Elizabeth Shaver were arrested on Thursday, September 19 after investigation into a burglary of Westwood Animal Hospital last month in which a man forced entry into the building.

Bottenfield was charged with burglary, credit card theft, and credit card fraud. Shaver was charged with conspiring to obtain a credit card from another and credit card fraud.

“I’d like to thank my staff for the hard work, dedication, and perseverance in this case. Their efforts resulted in a favorable outcome with the arrests of Bottenfield and Shaver," said Sheriff Donald Smith.

The investigation is still ongoing. If you have any information, you're asked to contact Investigator D. Browning at (540) 245-5333.


Deputies are searching for a suspect after a burglary of an Augusta County veterinarian's office overnight from Wednesday into Thursday.

According to the Augusta County Sheriff's Office, they were called to the scene of Westwood Animal Hospital at 6:38 a.m. on Thursday.

Deputies on patrol and Augusta County investigators arrived to the vet at 15 Miss Phillips Road, Staunton, VA 24401 to investigate and process the scene.

Through investigation, deputies discovered that someone had forced entry into the building around 3:30 a.m., breaking the glass of a door to the office.

Surveillance video that the sheriff's office recovered from the business revealed the suspect as a white man wearing a camo cap, a mesh face mask, glasses, and a short sleeve shirt, with a tattoo on his left forearm.

According to the Westwood Animal Hospital's Facebook page, no pets under their care were touched in the burglary and are all doing well.

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigations Division is actively investigating the burglary. If you have any information about the case, you're asked to contact Investigator Dave Browning with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 245-5333.

There's no word on if there's any suspected connection between the Westwood burglary and an alleged break-in at Take Out 250, where nothing was stolen.