Burglary Investigation Spans Several Areas

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

July 27, 2006

Investigators from several area counties are on the lookout tonight for a man terrorizing homes. The crime spree could have stretched over at least 4 counties.

Charlottesville police believe 39-year-old Jeffrey Wayne Shifflett is responsible for several burglaries in the Belmont area of the city, but it is the ones outside of the Belmont area that have other investigators digging much deeper.

"We just had a break in. They kicked in the front door and took my wife's jewelry," said burglary victim Wade Smith.

The Madison County Sheriff's Department believes Shifflett burglarized the Smith home off of Wolftown-Hood Road back in March. Investigators also believe this is be the tip of the iceberg.

"He's charged with one home in the County right now. He's suspected in at least one other. There could be some others that he was involved in," said Sgt. Shawn Hill.

The same day the Smith home was hit, less than a mile down the road into Greene County, another home was burglarized. Investigators believe Shifflett may be responsible for that one as well and say now he may be armed.

"Some of the homes he's broken into he has taken firearms and he is a convicted felon. That causes a lot of concern us," said Hill.

The concern doesn't stop there. Shifflett is wanted on two other warrants in Albemarle County including breaking and entering and a probation violation. Since the burglary, Smith said he just hasn't felt the same.

"It's always scary and you never feel safe anymore. You kind of watch behind your back at all times," he said.

Shifflett is believed to be staying in the Belmont area, possibly with family members. Charlottesville Police say they are looking at him as a suspect in several cases but the amount and locations are still be investigated.

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