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Cash register, 2002 GMC Sierra stolen from local service shops

Monday, Jun. 30 | By Julie Taylor
A Warrenton man allegedly stole a cash register and truck after breaking into local auto service shops in his hometown.

Robert Eugene Taylor is now charged with grand larceny among other charges, according to a press release from Warrenton Town Police.

Yesterday at 11 a.m., officers responded to an alarm at Piedmont Motors, and discovered much more.

On Sunday, June 29, around 11 a.m. officers responded to Piedmont Motors on Broadview Avenue.

They found panels had been pried from a bay door, and inside the cash register was gone.

During the Piedmont investigation, Wilson Automotive, also on Broadview Avenue, was also found to have been burglarized.

Outside, a 2002 silver GMC Sierra was missing from the parking lot.

"It was a customer's vehicle that was left here, and inspected Friday," said Dale Brown, general manager at Wilson's. "They kicked the metal panels on the bottom of the bay door and went in that way."

Brown said that Taylor was apparently rummaging around for cash—stealing about $3 worth of change from the register, unsuccessfully attempted to pry open file cabinets, and broke the lock from the inspection box, yet didn't remove anything but the change and the truck.

Additionally, Brown said they had no relationship with Taylor.

"I don't even know who he is," said Brown.

The GMC from Wilson's and cash register from Piedmont were discovered a little while later. The truck had been parked behind Moser Funeral Home, and the cash register was discarded in the woods near Pidemont "after an individual was observed concealing the cash register in the overgrowth," according to Sgt. George Southard of the police department.

Officers found and arrested Taylor, who had been residing at the Rip Van Winkle Motel previous to the incident, and charged him with burglary, intent to commit larceny, and grand larceny for the incident at Piedmont Motors. Charges are still pending regarding the occurrence at Wilson's.

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