Smyth County

Suspects arrested in relation to string of Marion burglaries

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MARION, Va. - Three suspects are now in custody in relation to several burglaries in Marion, Va.

Five churches were broken-into and one business on Main St.

22-year-old Marcus Hunter Moran, 22-year-old Brandon Allen Hutton, and 21-year-old Nicholas Ryan Sheets are all arrested and charged with breaking and entering and grand larceny.

Additional charges are pending.

Pastor Emmit Wilson at Grace United Methodist Church says they were broken into about two weeks ago.

His wife was the fist to realize something was wrong that morning.

"I came in early to set up my children's church room downstairs and when I came in, I saw that the draws in my organizer had all been pulled out," recalled Kelen Wilson, the Children's Church Director.

The first victim in the string of burglaries was Dean's Bikes.

"To me there's nothing worse, or more low, than a thief," said Dean Roark, the owner of Dean's Bikes.

Investigators say the suspects followed a similar pattern at each spot they hit.

"Most of the time it was in the late night, early morning hours," said the town's Public Information Officer Ken Heath.

He says the community worked together to track down the suspects.

The arrests bring some much needed relief to those in the area.

"I'm glad that they're caught and no longer able to hurt the churches, and the community," said Pastor Wilson.

Investigators say they expect to make more arrests in relation to these cases.

If you have any information, contact the Marion Police Department.


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