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Bumpass man charged in Louisa burglaries
BY PORTSIA SMITH
A Louisa County man was recently extradited from Ohio for a string of commercial burglaries and auto theft.
The Louisa and Hanover County sheriff offices were conducting a joint investigation into a series of commercial burglaries in June and July, police said.
On Aug. 3, Louisa deputies responded to a call about a burglary in-progress at Tavern on the Rail Restaurant, where cash, a laptop and alcohol was stolen, police said.
A deputy encountered a white male approach a suspect vehicle, but the man then fled on foot, police said.
According to Louisa detective Scott Renalds, the suspect vehicle belonged to a Bumpass business and had been reported stolen.
Police said another car that was located near the restaurant was reported stolen by a Mineral resident.
A burglary at Ferncliff Exxon convenience store was reported that same day and police said cash, tobacco and other merchandise was taken.
Renalds said two previous commercial burglaries in two other adjoining counties were potentially linked days later.
On Aug. 12, Ohio State Highway Patrol arrested Michael Adam Ferrell in the second stolen vehicle. He was charged with several offenses and held for extradition, Renalds said.
Ferrell, 26, of Bumpass, was also linked to the offenses in Louisa, he said.
On his return to Virginia last week, Renalds said Ferrell was charged with three counts of breaking and entering and five counts of grand larceny.
The case remains under investigation as similar offenses in the Shanendoah Valley and Pennsylvania may be connected, police said.
Ferrell is being held in Central Virginia Regional Jail and scheduled to appear in Louisa General District Court on Oct. 25.
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