A Bedford County man accused of breaking into businesses in Botetourt County is in custody in Georgia, the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office said.
Ricky Gillespie Jr., 39, of Goodview was arrested June 21 in Effingham County, Georgia, the sheriff’s office said Thursday. He was driving a vehicle that authorities said had been stolen and had been used during the Botetourt County break-ins.
Gillespie was charged with counts including theft by bringing stolen property into the state, according to online records of the Effingham County Jail. He is being held there without bond, the sheriff’s office said.
Break-ins were reported in Botetourt County late on June 19 at the Greenway Market in the Cloverdale area and at an Exxon station off Interstate 81 Exit 162.
A third break-in was reported at Clayton Homes, a mobile home dealer across the street from Greenway Market.
Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle and Sgt. D.C. Dillow traveled to Georgia on Tuesday and gathered evidence linking Gillespie to the break-ins, according to the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office said it has warrants for Gillespie related to the incidents.