Trail cam helps nab Gate City burglar

Rain Smith • Apr 23, 2018 at 8:45 PM

GATE CITY — Due to his history of breaking and entering, a Scott County man will serve more than five years in prison for a pair of recent, minor burglaries.

The sentence against Gary Ray Lawson, 47, was handed down on Thursday and relates to February thefts in Gate City. According to Scott County Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Dan Fellhauer, several items were taken from a storage building and camper.

Lawson was reportedly confronted by a citizen at one scene but successfully fled the area. But thanks to a trail camera, Lawson, of 482 Fir St., was allegedly recorded while stealing items.

Fellhauer reports that the Gate City Police Department located and questioned Lawson, and he admitted to "most of the wrongdoing." Meanwhile, many items recovered by investigators were found to have "minimal value."

Fellhaur noted: “Although the items taken were not that valuable and the units broken into were not occupied nor dwellings, we felt that since he was on probation at the time and had committed similar crimes in the past, a lengthy prison sentence was necessary."

Lawson’s sentence of 20 years and 12 months requires him to serve five years and two months in the Virginia Department of Corrections, followed by four years of active supervised probation and 15 years and 10 months of good behavior.

He was also ordered to pay a $3,000 fine and $500 of restitution. Following his release, he will be assigned to a community litter detail.

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