NEW: Vehicle Break-in Case Advances

Police Say Women Broke Into Vehicles At Local Gym

Posted: March 27, 2014

Daily News-Record

HARRISONBURG — The case against a city woman accused of breaking into cars at a local fitness center will now head to a Rockingham County grand jury.

Amanda Sheffer, 21, of Harrisonburg, is charged with three felony counts of grand larceny, three misdemeanor counts of vehicle tampering and misdemeanor marijuana possession.

During a preliminary hearing in Rockingham County General District Court Wednesday, a judge found probable cause for the case to move forward.

Prosecutors plan to present the case to a grand jury on April 21.

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

In some of the cases, police say, the defendant swiped the victims’ keys from inside the center where patrons can place them while exercising and then entered the vehicles.

Police say it's unclear how many vehicles were broken into, but electronics and miscellaneous items were reported stolen.

Police also charged Rachael Compton, 20, of Harrisonburg, with felony receiving stolen property and misdemeanor marijuana possession. Her preliminary hearing was postponed Wednesday until April 23.

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