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Danville murder victim, suspect's homes burglarized

Burglaries happened less than 30 minutes apart Saturday

DANVILLE, Va. – Danville police are investigating after the home of last week's murder victim and murder suspect were burglarized.

Just before 5:30 Saturday evening, a break in was reported at the victim's home at 529 Cabell St. Nearly $3,500 worth of jewelry, electronics, tools and money were stolen according to the incident report.

About 20 minutes later, a window air conditioner was reported stolen from the suspect's home next door at 531 Cabell St.

Herbert Snipes, 74, is accused of shooting and killing his neighbor, Jerry Wilson, 61, July 27 after the two got into an argument.

Police say burglaries like this are sad but not unusual.

"There are some indications that investigators do have someone that they're looking at possibly. Of course, it's really too early to say for sure," said Danville Police Department Lt. Mike Wallace.

Wallace said while burglaries like this have happened in the past, he couldn't remember Wednesday the last time a murder victim or murder suspect's home was burglarized in the wake of the murder.

He said it is also fairly routine for thieves to burglarize homes of people arrested for drug offenses.

"You may have someone in the neighborhood know that person is engaged in illegal activity; drug sales, so there's a possibility that person will have guns or other narcotics or money in the residence," Wallace explained.

Snipes is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in general district court at 2 p.m. on Sept. 28.


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