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Police said investigators believe one man who has been charged may be involved in other cases.
Derrick Wayne Wertz
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Investigators in Roanoke and Montgomery counties are looking into a string of burglaries in the Bent Mountain area that they believe might be connected.
The Roanoke County Police Department is investigating whether five home burglaries since January, including three since late March, are related, according to Assistant Chief Chuck Mason. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is looking into a similar breaking-and-entering case near the Roanoke County line, Lt. Ed Hertling said, and is communicating with Roanoke County officers about the case.
Mason said one man has been charged in the burglary of a home in the 11400 block of Rocky Road in Bent Mountain.
Derrick Wayne Wertz, 22, was arrested April 4. Mason said some of the property taken in that incident, which occurred between March 28 and April 1, has been recovered from a thrift shop. He said investigators believe Wertz may be involved in more than one burglary but still are working to determine whether the incidents are indeed connected.
Mason said the victimized houses are mostly secluded, outside the sightlines of neighboring homes, and occupied on an irregular or part-time basis.
Items taken in the burglaries have included firearms, televisions and jewelry, Mason said. In the Montgomery County burglary, which involved a home in the 1900 block of Bottom Creek Lane, Hertling said three chain saws, a compound bow, a leaf blower, a weed trimmer and a PlayStation game system were taken.
Mason said Wertz had previously lived on Bent Mountain Road but currently resides in Bedford County. Wertz is facing burglary and grand larceny charges and is being held in the Roanoke County Jail.
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