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Sheriff’s department makes another arrest in Valley area burglaries

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By Natasha LaFayette

natasha@lafollettepress.com

  As new evidence arises in the burglaries of valley area residences, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to make arrests.

A total of 21 burglaries that hit residences in the Glades Springs, Davis Chapel and other valley area residences are being solved by detectives, said Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins.

Last week, Joseph B. Bell, 26, of Beals Lane, LaFollette, was arrested for five different counts of burglary. Bell had been released with a $20,000 bond before the additional 16 burglary charges could be filed against him.

This week, Charles Edward Ayers, 24, of LaFollette, was arrested in connection with the same burglaries. He has been charged with two counts of burglary, which he admitted to being a part of, said Perkins.

As leads are developed in the case, Detectives James Jeffries and Brandon Elkins continue to recover stolen property and piece together the dates when burglaries occurred.

“The earliest burglary is from February,” Perkins confirmed about the alleged break-ins that continued into the beginning of April.

Both Ayers and Bell became suspects through citizen complaints, according to Elkins.

Alleged stolen property includes an abundance of tools, fishing equipment, guns and ammunition.

Elkins and Jeffries are currently returning property to the victims.

Among the burglary charges, Bell was also charged with theft of property under $500, from $500 to $999 and two counts of theft of property $1,000 to $9,999.

Perkins stated additional charges would be filed against Bell in the coming week.

Ayers was charged with theft of property $1,000 to $9,999 and theft of property $500 to $999.

Ayers, who has 11 total bookings at the county jail is held with a bond of $5,000.