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Henry Saulter enters guilty plea to 15 counts of Breaking and Entering

June 6, 2006

For Immediate Release

Lynchburg, Virginia


On June 6, 2006, 40-year old Henry Small Saulter appeared before Judge J. Leyburn Mosby of the Lynchburg Circuit Court and pled guilty to 15 counts of Breaking and Entering with the Intent to Commit Larceny. This case had been set for a jury trial on June 27, 2006. The defendant will remain incarcerated with no bond pending his sentencing hearing scheduled for August 11, 2006 at 9:30 a.m.

The facts of the case revealed that these break-ins occurred during the middle of the night between June 2005 and February 2006. During this eight month time period, the defendant broke into Old Dominion Wood Products located on Craddock Street a total of eleven times, he broke into the City of Lynchburg Buildings and Grounds facility located on Orchard Street a total of three times, and he broke into Campbell-Payne located on 13th Street on one occasion.

On all 15 of the break-ins the defendant would either pry open an unlocked window or smash open a window, crawl into the business and then attempt to steal money from vending machines inside these businesses.

In November 2005, the defendant was caught on a surveillance video camera inside the Old Dominion Wood Products during one of his break-ins. Lynchburg Police were unable to identify who the burglar was at the time. The burglaries continued until the early morning hours of February 28, 2006 when police received a call regarding a "burglary in progress" at the Campbell-Payne business on 13th Street. When police arrived on scene they set up a perimeter and, with the assistance of K-9 units, were able to find the defendant hiding underneath a tarp in the lumber yard of the business.

After his arrest, police were able to identify the defendant as having been the same person caught on videotape committing the November 2005 break-in at Old Dominion Wood Products. The defendant eventually confessed to police that, in addition to the Campbell Payne break-in, he was responsible for all 11 break-ins at Old Dominion Wood Products and all 3 break-ins at the City of Lynchburg Buildings and Grounds facility.

The defendant faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the 15 counts of Breaking and Entering with the Intent to Commit Larceny.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Felmlee prosecuted the case for the Commonwealth.