Man arrested in connection to attempted break-in at Wythe County ATV dealership

The attempted break-in happened at an ATV dealership on Chapman Road

Christopher A. Thomas, (New River Regional Jail)

WYTHE COUNTY, Va.UPDATE (Dec. 20, 2021)

Virginia State Police have made one arrest and are still searching for more suspects in connection to an attempted break-in at an ATV dealership in Wythe County on Saturday.

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During search efforts, state police said they located 35-year-old Christopher Thomas and arrested and charged him with conspiracy to commit grand larceny, conspiracy to enter a structure to commit a burglary, possession of burglary tools and trespassing on railroad property.

Thomas is being held at the New River Regional Jail without bond.


Search efforts are underway after an attempted break-in at a Wythe County dealership early Saturday morning, according to Virginia State Police.

At about 2:20 a.m., a Wythe County Sheriff’s Deputy discovered several individuals trying to break into an ATV dealership in the 2000 block of Chapman Road in Wytheville. Authorities say the suspects ran away from the scene.

Authorities did not provide any descriptions of the suspects.

The sheriff’s office contacted Virginia State Police to assist in the search and later requested that VSP take over the investigation.

Authorities say state police is also looking for information on a 2016 Hyundai sedan with Pennsylvania license plates: LSG 0399, a vehicle police say may have been involved in the incident.

This attempted break-in comes as VSP continues to investigate a previous larceny at the same dealership that happened on Aug. 28. Police say during that incident, suspects stole several motorcycles that were worth thousands of dollars.

Anyone with information regarding this morning’s incident or the August thefts or sightings of the Hyundai is asked to contact the Virginia State Police at 276-228-3131 or by email at

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