Saturday, February 09, 2013

Burglaries net prison time for Vinton man, Radford woman

On one occasion, they stole virtually everything out of a home, the prosecutor said.

A couple have been sentenced to more than 30 years combined after being convicted of multiple burglary and grand larceny charges across Southwest Virginia.

Chase Kiran Altice, 37, of Vinton, was sentenced last week in Pulaski County for stealing from five residences over a three-month period in 2010, Commonwealth's Attorney Mike Fleenor said. His girlfriend, Barbara Michelle Earles, 35, of Radford, was sentenced for the same crimes Jan. 14.

The couple previously had been convicted in six other counties for similar crimes, Fleenor said.

According to Fleenor, the pair would knock on the door of a residence, and if no one answered, break in and steal anything of value. If someone did answer, Altice and Earles would ask to come in to use the phone or make an excuse to leave.

"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," Fleenor said.

Earles rented a large storage unit for the stolen property, Fleenor said.

Altice was convicted of six counts of breaking and entering in Pulaski County. Earles was convicted of three counts of breaking and entering and five counts of grand larceny, according to online records.

Altice was sentenced Jan. 31 in Pulaski County to 30 years in prison with all but eight years and six months suspended. He previously had received one year and six months in Wythe County, two years and nine months in Carroll County, 10 months in Smyth County, six years in Floyd County and a suspended sentence in Montgomery County, Fleenor said. His active sentences will run consecutively for a total of 17 years and five months in prison.

Earles was sentenced to 16 years on the Pulaski County charges, with all but six years suspended. She had previously received six months in Botetourt County, one year in Carroll County, seven years in Floyd County and suspended sentences in Montgomery and Wythe counties, Fleenor said. Her active sentences will run consecutively for a total of 14 years and six months in prison.

Fleenor said Pulaski County was the last jurisdiction in which the two were sentenced for their 2010 crime spree.

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

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