Kenneth Michael Caron

A total of $32,000 worth of items recovered, returned to owners

A Bedford man has been charged with grand larceny of two vehicles and personal property from a residence in Moneta.

Kenneth Michael Caron, 34, is also charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony, according to Capt. Phillip Young with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to a call on May 30 regarding a break-in at a residence in the 2000 block of Lakewood Forest Road in Moneta. The call was made by a neighbor, keeping an eye on the house, who noticed an open garage door, Young said. Upon further inspection, the neighbor found a busted door at the back of the residence.

Investigators compiled a list of stolen items, which included a Cadillac Deville, Chevy Silverado, four-wheeler, collectible tea pots, rare grandfather clocks, power tools, generators, rare coins, jewelry, firearms, chain saws, and leaf blowers.

Investigators quickly developed a relative, Kenneth Caron, as a suspect, Young said. The initial investigation led deputies to the Walmart in Clearbrook on May 31, where they recovered the Cadillac Deville.

Investigators were then able to locate the Chevy Silverado and four-wheeler at a residence in Botetourt County. With assistance from the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office, a search warrant was written for the residence on Bishop Lane in Botetourt County.

Caron initially barricaded himself inside the residence; however, investigators with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office were able to convince him to surrender without incident.

Caron was arrested by the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office, which will be conducting its own investigation into crimes committed in its jurisdiction and filing additional charges.

Sixty items with a value of more than $32,000 were recovered at the Botetourt residence and returned to the owners.

Caron was indicted on two counts of grand larceny of a vehicle, breaking and entering with intent to commit felony and grand larceny of personal property on June 3 by a Franklin County grand jury.

An indictment is not a determination of guilt, but an opinion of jurors that enough evidence was presented by prosecutors to warrant a trial on the charge(s).

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