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Lee man pleads guilty in Scott burglary spree

December 6th, 2013 11:05 pm by Wes Bunch

Lee man pleads guilty in  Scott burglary spree

DEVAN WAYNE STATZER

GATE CITY — A Lee County man could face over 100 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Thursday to multiple felony charges stemming from a rash of burglaries he carried out last year in the Duffield area.

Devan Wayne Statzer, 26, 140 Huff Farm Road, in the Lee portion of Big Stone Gap, entered Alford pleas to two counts of breaking and entering and two counts of grand larceny. He also pleaded no contest to a single count each of breaking and entering and grand larceny.

Statzer is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 6 in Scott County Circuit Court. Statzer is currently being held on home electronic monitoring.

Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney Marcus McClung said Statzer faces up to 120 years in prison for the breaking and entering and grand larceny charges, plus an additional 10 years in “comeback time” for multiple probation violations.

“In this case, we’re glad that we’re moving along,” McClung said. “The problem with cases like this, the victims don’t get to see him punished, they see him in Duffield on a daily basis. It’s gone on long enough and we are finally going to get this to the sentencing.” 

The charges against Statzer stem from three separate burglaries that took place March 11, 2012, at locations in Duffield.

According to a report from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Statzer broke into the office of Ward’s Used Cars, the law office of Lisa McConnell and the office of 23 Auto Sales.

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

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 with stealing a laptop computer from McConnell’s office. The laptop was also found and returned, authorities said.

Statzer also took various pieces of computer equipment from the 23 Auto Sales’ office, 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.

Statzer was on probation for numerous other felonies, including burglaries, when the Duffield break-ins occurred.


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