Viral Facebook video showing theft in Lynchburg leads to arrests

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Two people were arrested after someone reported a video posted to Facebook that appeared to show the pair stealing a bike in Lynchburg.

In the video, a woman can be seen and a man can be heard driving on Oct. 19 around 5 a.m. The video seems to show the pair stealing a bike at a Kroger along Wards Road.

The viral video was posted on the community Facebook group, “Lynchburg/Campbell Traffic an News Updates.” The post angered hundreds of residents.

Almost 28,000 people have viewed the two-and-a-half minute-long video as of Monday, Oct. 26.

It was soon turned over to the Lynchburg Police Department.

“Someone sent us that video on Facebook to our Facebook page messenger, and we were able to forward that over to our detectives who started investigating immediately,” said Carrie Dungan, Community Relations Coordinator for LPD.

Less than a day after police started investigating, two people were arrested.

Bethany Michelle Worley, 29, of Madison Heights and Jeremy Dalton Almond, 43, of Madison Heights are both now facing charges of petit larceny.

According to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Lynchburg’s website, Worley and Almond have been booked numerous times for a variety of charges, including assault and battery and child abuse.

Police say, thanks to the community’s help, the bike has been returned.

“Any time that the community can share information with us and partner with us in order to make our community safer, that’s what we’re here for and we really appreciate it,” said Dungan.

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