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Pair charged in Spotsylvania break-in


Two Orange County men were arrested Friday after one of them was seen leaving the rear of a Spotsylvania home he had just broken into, police said.

Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Harvey said deputies went to the 4600 block of Clay Street about 3:20 p.m. after a resident saw someone going through the back yards in the neighborhood and became suspicious.

Deputies Kevin Walsh, Shane Southard and Dillon Tittle found an occupied van in the cul-de-sac and saw a man leaving a home that had its sliding glass door shattered.

The suspects were immediately apprehended. The one who’d been in the home had several pieces of electronic equipment, which were recovered and returned to the victims, Harvey said.

Jason Lee Lawhorn, 31, was charged with breaking and entering and possession of burglary tools. The man in the waiting van, 21-year-old Billy Lee Cooper, was charged with being an accessory to breaking and entering.

Both men were placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

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