Three face numerous charges in alleged theft

Published 5:23 pm Thursday, October 29, 2015

Two men and one woman from Farmville face a combined nearly 50 charges stemming from an alleged theft and illegal use of numerous checks and a debit card from a Prince Edward County residence.

According to Farmville Police, 61-year-old Margaret Jane Shumaker, 65-year-old Dennis Wayne Helmick and 34-year-old Shawn Michael Wilding were arrested last week.

Dennis Helmick


“Checks and a debit card were stolen from a residence in Prince Edward County this past September,” said William H. “Bill” Hogan, the department’s special operations lieutenant.

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“[A] subsequent investigation led to charges being placed against Wilding for stealing the checks and the debit card.

“The investigation linked Wilding to Helmick and Shumaker who were charged with passing the stolen checks and making or attempting make multiple purchases with the debit card.”

Hogan said the department received the initial complaint on Oct. 2 at a financial institution in the 1500 block of South Main Street in Farmville.

Shawn Wilding


“That investigation led back to the thefts in Prince Edward County from a location outside of our jurisdiction,” Hogan said.

Citing the on-going investigation, Hogan didn’t say how much money was allegedly stolen.

Wilding is facing the greatest amount of charges, including larceny, identity theft, conspiracy to commit a felony, forgery, obtaining money by false pretenses, credit card theft, credit card fraud, conspiring to trespass and attempting to commit a noncapital offense. Shumaker is facing charges of obtaining by false pretenses and forgery.

Helmick is charged with credit card larceny, forgery and obtain by false pretenses.