UPDATE: Deputies identify suspect in attempted burglary at TruHarvest Farms in Montgomery County

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UPDATE 6:35 p.m.: The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has identified the person they are searching for relating to the attempted burglary at TruHarvest Farms Wednesday morning.

According to deputies, they have five felony warrants for the arrest of 29-year-old Justin Scott Murphy from Fairlawn.

The sheriff’s office says Murphy stands at 5’9″ tall, weighs 230 pounds, has black hair with brown eyes, and should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you have any information about Murphy’s whereabouts, you are asked to call NRV 99a at (540) 382-4343 or Investigations Lt. Light at (540) 382‐6915, extension 44422.


MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Montgomery County authorities are searching for a man in connection with an attempted burglary at TruHarvest Farms early Wednesday morning, marking the facility’s third incident in less than two months.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to a burglar alarm at TruHarvest Farms in the Flanagan Drive area of Christiansburg shortly after 1 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

However, authorities say they arrive quickly enough to interrupt the burglary before anything was stolen. As more law enforcement arrived, they started setting up a perimeter and found a vehicle believed to belong to the offender, the sheriff’s office says.

Shortly afterward, deputies searching the area reportedly noticed a person fleeing the scene in a a side‐by‐side UTV, but the person abandoned the UTV — which turned out to be stolen — and ran away after he noticed the deputies.

While the sheriff’s office has yet to track down this individual, both the search efforts and the investigation are still ongoing.

Based on preliminary information gathered at the scene, authorities say the suspect was a male wearing a red hoodie, gray pants, and white shoes.

This marks the third incident at the hemp facility in less than two months, with break-ins previously reported on Jan. 4 and Jan. 18 in which approximately $250,000 worth of hemp products was stolen.

If you have any information about this attempted burglary, you are asked to call Investigations Lt. Light at (540) 382‐6915, extension 44422.

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