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Tazewell deputies make arrests in home invasion case

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Jesse Stevenson and Erik Wickham were arrested on Thursday night in connection with a string of break-ins around Tazewell County. Jesse Stevenson and Erik Wickham were arrested on Thursday night in connection with a string of break-ins around Tazewell County.
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TAZEWELL -

Detectives in Tazewell County arrested a pair of men in an investigation into a string of break-ins.

Erik Lee Wickham and Jesse James Stevenson were arrested on Thursday night.  Wickham is charged with Breaking and Entering and three counts of forgery.  Stevenson is charged with Possession of Stolen Property with Intent to Sell. 

The investigation began on Monday, Jan. 20.  Deputies were called to a home on Bailey Switch Road in the Springville area.  The owners of the home said that in addition to the items that were stolen, the suspects also did thousands of dollars worth of damage to their home.  Meanwhile, detectives with the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office had received information that checks stolen from the home were being used at a local business.

Deputies were looking for a newer model Red Durango for more than a week, when they received a break in the case.  Stolen property was found during a traffic stop on Thursday, Jan. 30, and deputies arrested Wickham and Stevenson.  According to a release, the suspects told deputies that more stolen property was at a home on Angles Hollow Road. 

Deputies believe that from the large amount of stolen property that was found, there are more homes have been broken into that have not been reported.  Detectives said that help from Fast Cash and Pawn in Bluefield, VA and American Pawn in Bluefield, WV was instrumental in catching the thieves.

Wickham and Stevenson are being held in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Tazewell.  The case is still under investigation.  Anyone with information in connection with the crime is asked to call 276-988-1158.