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Woman convicted in mailbox thefts at LOW

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A Locust Grove woman was convicted Thursday for her role in a string of mailbox break-ins at Lake of the Woods last year while charges against her co-defendant advanced.

Kimberle Earl Hodsden, 30, pleaded guilty to petty larceny and providing law enforcement authorities with a false identification in Orange County General District Court on Wednesday.

She was sentenced on both counts to 180 days in jail with all but 10 days suspended, according to court records.

A destruction of property charge against 34-year-old Christopher Troy Earl were certified to a grand jury, which will meet July 28, according to Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney David Sands.

He waived a preliminary hearing on a third-offense larceny charge, he said.

The charges stem from a rash of break-ins and vandalism in the Lake of the Woods area dating back about 19 months. The investigation was part of a joint effort consisting of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Lake of the Woods Security and the U.S. Postal Investigation Service.

A search was conducted at a home in the 200 block of Lakeview Parkway and authorities recovered evidence that led to the two arrests, police said.

Hodsden is a former Stafford County resident, but was living at the Lake of the Woods home with a relative.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419

psmith@fredericksburg.com

 

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