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At ap­prox­i­mately 5:30 A.M. on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, Novem­ber 22, 2017, Shenan­doah Police Of­fi­cers were no­ti­fied of a sus­pi­cious per­son in the 700 block of Blue Ridge Drive in Shenan­doah. A fe­male, who lives at 729 Blue Ridge Drive, was awak­ened by her daugh­ter who ad­vised that a sus­pi­cious white male, wear­ing a black jacket, was walk­ing past the daugh­ter’s win­dow. The sus­pect was seen car­ry­ing a large item and plac­ing the item into a black Nis­san Sen­tra au­to­mo­bile. The fe­male who re­sides at the res­i­dence called 911 to re­port the in­ci­dent.

The white male sus­pect and the Nis­san Sen­tra were lo­cated at the in­ter­sec­tion of Holly Hill Drive and Re­search For­est Drive by Mont­gomery County Sher­iff’s Deputy Jef­frey Lackey and this in­for­ma­tion was re­layed to Of­fi­cer Pa­trick Reade, Of­fi­cer Cle­mente Due­nas, and Sergeant Gar­rett Burleson of the Shenan­doah Police De­part­ment.

Once a suf­fi­cient back-up of of­fi­cers from the two agen­cies was assem­bled, the of­fi­cers ini­ti­ated a traf­fic stop in­volv­ing the sus­pect and ve­hi­cle in the 18000 block of In­ter­state 45 South on the east frontage road. In­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that 35-year-old Shawn Lanum, the driver of the Nis­san Sen­tra, had bur­glar­ized the garage at 729 Blue Ridge Drive and stole a weld­ing ma­chine and other items. Lanum was pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied, then charged with Bur­glary of a Build­ing and in­car­cer­ated in the Mont­gomery County jail. Lanum has an ex­ten­sive crim­i­nal his­tory in­clud­ing charges in Shenan­doah just two weeks ago. Lanum is also sus­pected of be­ing a crim­i­nal gang mem­ber. De­tec­tive Sergeant Joel Gor­don of the Shenan­doah Police De­part­ment says that a re­cent surge in this type of crime is a re­sult of “un­locked ve­hi­cles and garages” and re­minds ev­ery­one to be vig­i­lant in se­cur­ing per­sonal prop­erty. The sus­pect chose the lo­ca­tion be­cause he thought it was an “easy tar­get,” says Gor­don.

Chief Ray­mond Shaw com­mends all the of­fi­cers in­volved. “This in­ci­dent shows how well all agen­cies in the South County area work to­gether. This co­op­er­a­tion pro­duces mean­ing­ful ar­rests re­peat­edly and is in­dica­tive of the qual­ity of all the of­fi­cers and deputies work­ing in our area.” Chief Shaw fur­ther stated, “If peo­ple in­sist on com­mit­ting crimes in the South County area, they can plan on spend­ing their hol­i­days in the Mont­gomery County jail.”

If you have in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing this case or you were a vic­tim of a bur­glary in the Shenan­doah area re­cently, please con­tact the Shenan­doah Police De­part­ment at 281-367-8952.


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