Louisa man admits taking homes’ gear
A Louisa County man faces up to 61 years in prison in a case in which he was arrested when an alert neighbor spotted strangers at a home that was for sale.
Dallas Kellison, 41, of Bumpass pleaded guilty Wednesday in Louisa Circuit Court to two counts of burglary and two counts of larceny.
According to Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire, Kellison targeted homes that were for sale or appeared empty in an attempt to steal items with scrap metal that he could exchange for cash.
The investigation began on March 25 when a neighbor saw two men wearing hoodies driving a white truck approach a vacant house, McGuire said.
The house was for sale and the owner had moved to Georgia. The neighbor called the owners who said there wasn’t any reason for someone to be at the home. The neighbor also called the real estate agent to confirm if they had scheduled any work to be done at the home. They had not, McGuire said.
After determining there was no valid reason for the men to be there, the neighbor called 911 and gave a description of the truck.
Louisa County deputies located the truck, which contained the washer/dryer units and heat pumps from the home, McGuire said.
After searching the vehicle, deputies found a sheet of paper with a listing of addresses of homes in Louisa.
Detectives Carlton Johnson and Mark Stanton discovered that many of the homes on the list were vacant and where heat pumps had been stolen.
A search of Kellison’s home led deputies to find numerous heat pumps and appliances.
A refrigerator and gas stove that was reported stolen from a vacant home on March 22 was located along with receipts that showed where Kellison had received small amounts of money for scrap metal at a scrap yard business in Fredericksburg, McGuire said.
The second man was not identified.
“Property owners need to take steps to secure their houses while they are unoccupied,” McGuire said. “Criminals look for these properties to make a quick buck on scrap metal but the damages will cost you thousands.”
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Adam Ward, who also prosecuted the case, said, “These cases can be difficult to prosecute because few homeowners can identify the brand or serial number of their heat pumps following a theft.”
A sentencing hearing for Kellison is scheduled for Oct. 20.
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