Court Rejects Bond In B&E Case Again
Police Say Thefts Linked To Defendant’s Drug Habit
HARRISONBURG — A Harrisonburg woman accused of committing a rash of break-ins in Bridgewater to support her drug habit was denied bond a second time on Friday.
Ashley Nicole Fauls, 22, is charged with felony breaking and entering, felony grand larceny and six additional misdemeanor charges stemming from thefts last month.
During a hearing in Rockingham County Circuit Court, Judge Bruce Albertson denied her bond.
On Monday, Judge Richard Claybrook also denied her bond during a hearing in Rockingham County General District Court. She appealed the ruling to the circuit court.
On Friday, her defense attorney, Darren Bostic, asked Albertson to grant her bond and allow her to stay with her mother.
“There is a substance-abuse component to this, [but] she has been in jail for some time now so she’s clean,” he told the judge.
Prosecutors told the judge that Fauls has had a drug problem, mostly heroin, for about six years.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Clark Ritchie said the defendant was in “terrible physical condition” when she was arrested. Although Ritchie said she has improved because she’s off drugs, he argued she should remain jailed for her own safety.
The judge agreed.
Police say Fauls entered unlocked vehicles along Weeping Willow Lane and surrounding neighborhoods in Bridgewater on Jan. 11. She was arrested the same day.
Fauls, who is being held in Rockingham County Jail, is scheduled to appear in general district court for a preliminary hearing Feb. 28.
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