The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two individuals in the Laurel Fork section of the county for burglaries on Dry Twig Road and Keno Road.
On January 25, the Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to people that had broken into a person’s vacant rental home and were still inside. Deputies discovered the two people had left the scene before deputies arrived and were on foot in the area, Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner said in a press release.
Deputies checking inside the home were able to determine they were looking for a male and a female who had been staying in the home. While deputies were searching the area for the individuals, Deputy Jarrett Combs spotted a white male and white female in a field near the scene, who then fled into the woods.
“Sgt. Cody Edwards along with his K9 partner Tiesto began to track the two people,” Gardner said. “K9 Tiesto was quickly able to locate the two people hiding behind a tree and they were taken into custody without incident by Lt. Bobby Lyons, Sgt. Edwards and Deputy Jarret Combs.”
Deputies searching the rental property determined the two had broken into two houses and had been living in the vacant property for several days. Deputies recovered stolen property which was taken from a third house in the area which had also been recently burglarized.
Gardner said Christopher Wayne Schmidt, 34, of Cana was arrested and charged with three counts of breaking & entering and two counts off grand larceny. Schmidt was also charged with two counts of possession of a Schedule II drug.
Gardner said Jennifer Lee Hess, 34, was also arrested and charged with two counts of breaking & entering. Both Schmidt and Hess were transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail, held without bond.
Assisting at the scene was Cpl. Mark Dickerson, Cpl. Rocky Dalton, Cpl. Chuck Edwards, Sgt. David Walls, Sgt. Glen Edmonds and Sheriff J.B. Gardner.