NEW: City Woman Connected To Car Break-Ins Pleads Guilty

Police Say She Received Stolen Property From Another Woman

Posted: July 1, 2014

Daily News-Record

A Harrisonburg woman charged in connection with break-ins of vehicles at a local fitness center pleaded guilty Monday in Rockingham County Circuit Court.

Rachael Compton, 20, of Harrisonburg, pleaded guilty to one felony count of receiving stolen property.

As part of a plea deal, Judge T.J. Wilson sentenced Compton to a two-year suspended sentence.

The case against Compton’s co-defendant, Amanda Sheffer, is pending.

Sheffer, 21, is charged with three felony counts of grand larceny.

She too appeared in circuit court on Monday, but her plea hearing was postponed until July 15.

Police say the break-ins happened at the Sentara RMH Wellness Center, 2500 Wellness Drive, located off Stone Spring Road, during several days in January.

In some of the cases, police say, the victims' car keys were taken from inside the center where patrons place them while exercising. Police say it's unclear how many vehicles were broken into, but electronics and miscellaneous items were reported stolen.

This is the second time Sheffer has been charged with grand larceny.

On Aug. 19, Sheffer pleaded guilty to four felony counts of grand larceny and received a roughly eight-year suspended sentence.

Sheffer also faces a probation violation. Albertson could revoke some or all that suspended sentence if he finds she violated her probation.

She is being held at Rockingham County Jail without bond.

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