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Henry Saulter enters guilty plea to 15 counts of Breaking and Entering
June 6, 2006
For Immediate Release
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