Danville Police Nab Thief Breaking Into Cars

Susan Shelton went outside to get her purse from inside her car on Tuesday morning. Instead, she found a huge mess in the backseat floorboard.

“Yes, I feel like someone has come in and taken anything I had moneywise and just personal items,” says Shelton.

Danville Police say Timothy Preston broke into nearly a dozen cars on Gwinn Island and Mocks Creek and attempted to steal from the inside of a car on Brookcove. But that's when his alleged victim came outside and ran him off. Police were called and after a short chase, Preston was arrested.

Reed Sanders was another victim. He doesn't understand why his XM Radio on his motorcycle was the only thing taken.

“They could've taken a bunch of other stuff last night but they didn't do that. And really, the XM Radio isn't of any use to them because I can cancel the subscription,” says Sanders.

Sanders says police told him of at trunk load of suspected stolen merchandise they found with the suspect. Shelton says along with her purse, her son's I-Pod was taken, and everything taken was worth at least $300.

“I’m happy that they caught him. I'm hoping it's the right guy. I hope if there are accomplices with him they get them as well. Hopefully find our belongings and return them to us,” says Shelton.

Timothy Preston was charged with receiving stolen property and fleeing and evading police.


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  • by Another idiot in Pikevilllle on Jun 11, 2008 at 06:39 PM
    FYI the caps lock is located to the left of the letter A on the keyboard Ralphie boy. I have had a few items stolen from me, as for a person coming into my home uninvited that is a wee bit different because I do not know his intent. So go ahead and chop off hands and ride you're four-wheelers while dragging the body, go on with yer' bad self.
  • by RALPH Location: PIKEVILLE on Jun 11, 2008 at 06:52 AM
    WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE IN STEALING AND ABORTING?? BOTH ARE CRIMES AND I DESPISE BOTH AND HAVE NO PITY FOR EITHER. APPARENTLY RESPONSE TO IDIOTS HAS NEVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF A THEIF BREAKING IN AND STEALING. WELL I HAVE!
  • by Response to idiots on Jun 11, 2008 at 03:40 AM
    People like him DISCUSS you? Ease up folks this thief did not abort a human being.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington on Jun 10, 2008 at 04:57 PM
    If the judical system would do like they use to do and cut off their hands. Maybe this would help stop some of this or at least slow it down alot!!
  • by Sheila Location: Richmond on Jun 10, 2008 at 04:27 PM
    Thiefs are some of the lowest scum of the earth !!!! They should be branded with the word "THIEF" right on their forehead so no matter where they go people can see this and he can be humilated for the rest of his life!!! NO ONE has the right to touch another person things. He needs to get out there and get a job like "most" people and earn some money and pay for it himself instead of laying around all day and then at night get out and steal from people. People like him discuss me !!!!

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