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‘Two-man burglary ring’ shut down

 

Altice, Chase-webBy MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

A man and woman described by prosecutors as a “two-man burglary ring” will be spending some time in prison after being convicted of burglarizing multiple homes and a business in 2010.

Chase Kiran Altice, 37, of Vinton, was sentenced Thursday and Barbara Michelle Earles, 35, of Radford was sentenced Jan. 14 for the burglary and grand larceny of five Pulaski County residences and Clayton Mobile Homes in Dublin, according to Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor.

“On one occasion they broke into a home while the occupants were out of town and they actually backed up a truck and stole virtually everything out of the home, furniture and all,” said Fleenor.  He said evidence showed Earles rented a large storage unit to store the stolen property.

Fleenor described Altice and Earles as a “two man burglary ring that broke into homes in seven counties in 2010.” He said they would typically approach a residence and knock on the door. If no one answered they would break into the house and “steal anything of value,” he said. If someone answered the door, they would come up with an excuse and leave.

For her Pulaski County convictions, Earles received a 16-year prison sentence, with all but six years suspended. Fleenor said she received a six-month sentence in Botetourt County, a year in Carroll County and seven years in Floyd County. She received suspended sentences in Montgomery and Wythe counties.

Since all of Earles’ sentences were ordered to be served consecutively, she ended up with a 14.5-year sentence.

Altice will serve a total of 15 years, five months on his convictions. Fleenor said he was sentenced in Pulaski County Thursday to 30 years, with 21.5 suspended. In Wythe he received a 1-year, six-month sentence; two years and nine months in Carroll; 10 months in Smyth, and six years in Floyd. Like Earles, his Montgomery sentence was suspended.

“Somewhat surprisingly these two defendants were not motivated by an effort to support a drug habit, which is often the case,” said Fleenor. “I guess they were simply motivated by greed.”

He added, “This is an excellent example of law enforcement officials with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office working closely with other regional authorities to shut down these two burglars.”

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