Another arrest made in burglary case; one suspect still being sought

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Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators have charged another person in connection with a series of five burglaries in Bedford County. The burglaries occurred between December 24, 2012, and January 4, 2013.


Tanisha Ping Linette Nelson, 20, of Roanoke, was arrested early Tuesday morning and is being held on a $25,000 bond in the Bedford Adult Detention Center. Nelson was charged with five counts of grand larceny and two counts of larceny of a firearm.

Nathan Nelms, however, is still at large. He is believed to have ties to Bedford County.

Calling it one of the most prolific breaking and entering gangs arrested in Bedford County, Sheriff Mike Brown announced late last month the apprehension of the four suspects—with the additional suspect still at large.

Sheriff Brown said investigators had been working up to 20 hour days to put the pieces together to make arrests in a series of breaking and entering cases. Previously arrested were Juan Quontell Welton, 20, of Roanoke; and Augustus J. Xavier, 18, of Roanoke. Since then, Durrell Brown and Kenneth Beaner, both of Roanoke, have also been arrested.

All of the suspects are facing a variety of charges in connection with the Jan. 17 incident, including attempted armed robbery, attempted breaking and entering, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and wearing a mask in public. Other charges are expected to be filed in connection with a series of break-ins in the county. The Jan. 17 incident apparently involved drugs, Brown said.

The suspects allegedly would go knocking on doors to see if anyone was home. If a resident answered the door, they would ask for directions to Wal-Mart of some other business. If no one answered, it gave them an opening to break in to that home.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900 or text CVCS 274637 with their tip. Crime Stopper callers remind anonymous and could received a reward up to $1,000.