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DNA links Louisa man to crime scenes

DNA evidence found at two different crime scenes has led to guilty pleas from a Louisa County man, who now faces up to 120 years in prison.

William C. Drymond, 27, pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of grand larceny of an automobile, two counts of grand larceny, one count of arson of an automobile, two counts of felony petty larceny, one count of attempting to sell stolen goods and perjury in Louisa Circuit Court.

The charges originate from two incidents in April involving two stolen cars, said Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire.

On April 13, a Toyota Highlander reported stolen from Albemarle County was found charred in Louisa.

Detective Mark Stanton found burned Bud Light beer cans in the stolen SUV that matched the lot numbers on a Bud Light can that was found outside of the burning SUV.

Stanton submitted the unique identifiers on the cans to the manufacturer, who determined the cans were both made at the same facility within a 15-minute time frame.

The unburned can, which was found outside the SUV, was sent to a state forensic lab.

The lab identified the DNA on the beer can as belonging to Drymond.

McGuire said Drymond’s DNA was also identified at the scene of another stolen vehicle in Louisa, found on April 15 not far from where the Highlander was located.

That vehicle contained numerous stolen items that had been taken from cars parked at motels in the Charlottesville area, McGuire said. Stanton also recovered documents from the Central Virginia Regional Jail with details about Drymond’s recent incarceration.

On July 15, Drymond testified under oath that he lived with his father and worked for his brother. He was granted a bond, but prosecutors were concerned that he was a flight risk, McGuire said.

It was discovered in a jail surveillance recording that he lied about living with his father and working for his brother.

“In one phone conversation at the jail, Drymond pleaded with his sister to post his bail, saying he would never be found,” McGuire said.

He was immediately served with perjury charges and held without bond.

“William Drymond acknowledged the consequences of his actions,” said Adam Ward, assistant commonwealth’s attorney, who prosecuted the case. “Mr. Drymond engaged in a pattern of criminal behavior that resulted in financial loss to families and individuals throughout central Virginia. Today those families received justice.”

Drymond is scheduled to be sentenced on March 3.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419