Over the course of several weeks there have been numerous larcenies from vehicles in Roanoke County and Roanoke City. To include over 40 in Roanoke County. Through a joint investigation with Roanoke City, detectives from both departments worked together to follow up on leads. Through this joint investigation it was determined that three subjects were involved in several of the Roanoke City cases and close to all of the Roanoke County cases. The suspects are identified as Michael Furrow – 39 of Roanoke City, Richard Chambers – 30 of Roanoke City and Samantha Simmons – 26 of Roanoke City.
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In Roanoke County, Mr. Furrow and Mr. Chambers were each charged with 2 counts of felony grand larceny, and 2 counts of misdemeanor tampering with an automobile. Ms. Simmons has been charged with 1 count of felony grand larceny, 1 count of misdemeanor obtaining money by false pretenses, and 1 misdemeanor count of tampering with an automobile. Additional charges will be forthcoming as both jurisdictions will present their cases to a future hearing of their respective grand juries. The investigation into these cases is ongoing and anyone with information should call the Criminal Investigations Division of the Roanoke County Police at 540 777-8641, the Emergency Communication Center at 540 562-3265 or the Roanoke Valley Crime Line at 540 344-8500.