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Houston Lee Pugh will also have to pay restitution, along with his 18 months of active jail time.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Across just a couple of days last October, more than a half-dozen vehicles in Bedford County were broken into, stolen and then deliberately crashed — stunts that have brought at least one Goodview teenager a year and a half in jail.
The vehicles were taken near Jordantown, largely from outside a repair shop in the 2500 block of Lovers Lane in Vinton. Prosecutors said that within that week, two suspects were arrested.
“They basically played bumper cars. They crashed the vehicles into each other, drove another one off the lot and into a tree,” said Stephanie Ayers, a Bedford County assistant commonwealth’s attorney.
On Tuesday one suspect in the case, Houston Lee Pugh, 19, pleaded guilty to three counts of grand larceny of a vehicle and three counts of property damage.
Pugh also pleaded guilty in separate incidents to two counts of receiving stolen property, grand larceny and grand larceny of a firearm.
He was given a combined total of 18 months in active time, with 3 1⁄ 2 years of suspended time and three years of active probation after his release. He will also have to pay $8,837 in restitution, Ayers said.
Pugh’s codefendant, who is under the age of 18 and has not been named by authorities, faces charges in juvenile court, but the status of his case remained unclear Friday.
Ayers said that on Oct. 18, 2012, Pugh stole a Jeep, drove it for a while and then wrecked it.
Pugh and the other suspect then walked to Dooley’s Garage, where they found parked vehicles and their keys , she said. Five vehicles were damaged.
“They drove and crashed the vehicles into other vehicles parked on the lot,” she said. “Some they wrecked into trees. Others they just ran over the hill.”
Two days later, Pugh and his co-defendant stole a 1970 Mercury Montego from a Bedford County residence and crashed that as well. Ayers said the Mercury had been in great condition prior to the incident.
The firearm theft took place in April 2012, when Pugh stole a pearl-handled .25-caliber handgun while visiting the home of the gun’s owner, Ayers said. She said that when the owner later confronted Pugh about the pistol, Pugh apologized but said he’d sold it.
Pugh is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center but is scheduled to face newer charges of grand larceny and destruction of property next month in Roanoke County. Those offenses stem from an April incident, but their circumstances couldn’t be determined Friday.
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