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Break-ins, gun thefts lead to arrest

A series of thefts and break-ins in Buckingham County led law enforcement officers to county resident Joshua Wayne Bailey.

Joshua Wayne Bailey

According to Buckingham County Sheriff Bill Kidd, deputies received a call Dec. 12 notifying them that Buckingham County High School had been broken into the previous night. The perpetrator was identified via surveillance footage as Bailey. Kidd went on to say that the neighboring preschool was also broken into with $225 taken off various desks as well as a sweatshirt.

On Dec. 11, a county resident reported the theft of a 9 mm firearm from a vehicle outside of his home. On Dec. 15, a woman from the same residence reported the theft of a Smith and Wesson model 442 revolver from her own vehicle. A resident at Woodland Church Road then reported the theft of a .45 pistol Dec. 17.

Deputies executed a search warrant at Bailey’s home Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. and recovered two of the firearms. He was taken to Piedmont Regional Jail and charged with three counts of burglary, three counts of petty larceny, two counts of trespassing and two counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Bailey was later released on bond.