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Suspects Charged

CUMBERLAND – Two Farmville men were arrested by the Cumberland Sheriff's Department on January 15, in relation to a breaking and entry and burglary alleged to have occurred Monday, January 14, according to warrants filed in the Cumberland General District Court.

A total of 11 charges were filed by the Cumberland Sheriff's Department against Sean Augustine Brown, 18, and Robert Aaron Ashby, 20, on the day of their arrest.

After receiving a 911 call regarding a suspicious vehicle on January 15, the Cumberland Sheriff's Department arrived within four minutes, according to the dispatcher's report.

According to Sheriff Darrell Hodges, once the suspects came into contact with the homeowner, they fled the scene and were apprehended within a few hundred yards of the house due to the speedy arrival of police.

Cumberland police worked in conjunction with the Farmville Police Department, resulting in three additional warrants being executed against each suspect by the Farmville Police Department in relation to two acts of vandalism and a larceny alleged to have occurred in November and December of 2012.

Sean Augustine Brown was charged with three felonies, including breaking and entry during the daytime with the intent to commit larceny, possession of burglary tools and the theft of over $200 worth of personal property, including “power tools, compound bow, and a shotgun,” according to warrants filed on January 15 in the Cumberland General District Court.

According to those same documents, he was also charged with two misdemeanors for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Robert Aaron Ashby was charged with the same three felonies and two misdemeanors, along with an additional misdemeanor for resisting arrest, according to warrants filed at the General District Court on January 15.

According to warrants filed at the Prince Edward General District Court by Farmville Police Department, both men were charged with two misdemeanors in relation to damaging tires and one felony for the theft of four BB guns valued at $200 from Walmart. These events allegedly occurred in November and December, according to the warrants.

Brown had two previous charges alleged to have occurred in the last two months filed at the Prince Edward General District Court, according to court documents.

Ashby had one previous charge filed at the Prince Edward General District Court, alleged to have occurred in December.

Sean Augustine Brown also had a previous warrant in Cumberland for possession of a weapon, other than a firearm, on school property, alleged to have occurred on November 8. Brown appeared before the Cumberland General District Court on January 24. According to court documents, he was convicted and sentenced, but appealed and will appear before the circuit court in April.

Sheriff Hodges reported that both suspects are currently in custody at Piedmont Regional Jail.