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Lee County man arrested for Duffield car dealership robbery

Wes Bunch • May 3, 2013 at 1:34 PM

DUFFIELD — Scott County authorities and Virginia State Police arrested a Lee County man late last week for allegedly stealing car titles and keys from a Duffield used car dealership.

Devin Statzer, 24, 140 Huff Farm Rd., Big Stone Gap, was taken into custody on March 21 on charges of breaking and entering and grand larceny for his alleged role in burglaries at Ward's Used Cars. Statzer was also charged with breaking into the office of Duffield attorney Lisa McConnell.

Scott County Sheriff's Office Investigator Lt. Chris Hold said Statzer could face additional charges for other unsolved burglaries in the Duffield area.

Holder said additional felony warrants have also been taken out on two individuals believed to be involved in the break-ins. Their identities were being withheld pending arrest.

Statzer allegedly broke into the office of Ward's Used Cars in the early morning hours of March 12.

Authorities said Statzer was able to make off with a safe and flat-screen television from the dealership.

The safe reportedly contained car titles and keys for 20 automobiles. Holder said the TV and all but six of the titles have been returned to the owner of Ward's.

Holder said Statzer was also charged in connection with the theft of a laptop computer from McConnell's office in Duffield. The laptop has also been returned, Holder said.

Statzer was identified as a possible suspect in the break-ins when an off-duty police officer overhead a conversation in which Statzer mentioned being in possession of multiple car titles.

Shortly after that conversation was heard, Holder said authorities were able to obtain a search warrant for Statzer's residence after receiving a tip from an anonymous source.

After being arrested at his Lee County home, Statzer was taken to the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield.

He has since been released on a $4,000 secured bond.

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