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Pittsylvania County busts alleged burglary ring

PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY (WSLS 10) - The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office says it's arrested four people in connection to five burglaries in late 2016.

From November 9 through December 12, 2016, five Pittsylvania County businesses were burglarized after business hours, according to the sheriff's office.

Investigators say Blair's Grocery and Maxi Mart, both located in Gretna, Kentuck Grocery and G & M Mini Market located in the Ringgold and the 57 Superette in Chatham were all targeted and all sold Virginia Lottery scratch-off tickets.

The Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office Burglary Task Force, collaborating with Investigators with the Virginia Lottery Commission and Investigators from other jurisdictions whose localities had been the target of similar burglaries, investigated and shared information leading to the arrest of four individuals. The stolen winning lottery tickets were exchanged for cash throughout the Virginia.

Gequan Crews, 24, of Vernon Hill, Va.; Malik McCargo, 18, of South Boston, Va.; Treyvaughn Graves, 20, of South Boston, Va. and a male juvenile were arrested in connection with the burglaries and subsequent criminal acts in Pittsylvania County.

Crews is charged with five counts of breaking and entering and five counts of lottery embezzlement, and felony property damage.

McCargo is charged with four counts of breaking and entering, four counts of lottery embezzlement, and felony property damage.

Graves is charged with one count of breaking and entering and one count of lottery embezzlement.

The juvenile charged with two counts of breaking and entering and two counts of lottery embezzlement.

The sheriff's office says further charges are pending against these individuals and others involved in Pittsylvania County and numerous other jurisdictions as the investigation continues.