Rodney Wallace Jr.

Rodney Wallace Jr.

A Waynesboro Circuit Court judge on Wednesday sentenced Rodney Wallace Jr., 23, of Waynesboro, to 11 years in prison in a purse snatching and break-in case.

Authorities arrested Wallace in September 2010 after he robbed a woman in the Sheetz parking lot on Main Street. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney David Ledbetter said Wallace later tried to forge the woman’s checks at two DuPont Community Credit Union locations. Police used surveillance cameras and witness accounts to identify Wallace.

Authorities said the man later broke into a house on Ivanhoe Avenue where he stole a computer and wallet.

As part of a plea agreement, Wallace pleaded guilty to robbery, breaking and entering, grand larceny and obtaining money through false pretenses.

Judge Humes J. Franklin Jr. also ordered Wallace complete 25 years of probation upon release from prison.

Wallace is scheduled to appear in Augusta County Circuit Court on April 25 in a similar purse snatching case from the same September day. In that court, Wallace faces four counts of obtaining money through false pretenses, two counts of grand larceny and two counts of vehicle larceny. In March, an Albemarle County Circuit Court judge sentenced Wallace to two years in prison in a felony eluding case in which a Virginia State Police trooper followed the man on Interstate 64.

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