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Lee County man charged in break-ins at law office, car dealership in Duffield

Wes Bunch • Aug 9, 2013 at 10:21 PM

GATE CITY — A Lee County man was indicted on six felony charges this week for allegedly breaking into a car dealership and attorney’s office in Duffield earlier this year.

Devan Statzer, 25, 140 Huff Farm Road, Big Stone Gap, was indicted by a Scott County grand jury on three counts of breaking and entering and three counts of grand larceny.

The charges against Statzer stem from a pair of burglaries that happened in March at Ward’s Used Cars and the law office of Duffield attorney Lisa McConnell.

According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Statzer broke into the office of Ward’s Used Cars in the early morning hours of March 12.

Statzer allegedly made off with a safe and a flat-screen television that were found inside the dealership’s office.

The safe reportedly contained the car titles and keys for 20 automobiles kept on the lot.

The TV and the majority of those car titles and keys were reportedly recovered and returned to Ward’s.

Statzer was also charged in connection with the theft of a laptop computer from McConnell’s office in Duffield. The laptop was also found and returned, authorities said.

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

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

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