Man confesses after K9 connects him to stolen Williamsburg vehicle


Credit – Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail

GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – A man in Gloucester is in custody after a K9 officer connected him to a stolen vehicle from Williamsburg.

Authorities with the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office were called on July 10 about a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot near the Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue Station off of Bray Road.

They determined that the vehicle was the Chevy Tahoe owned by a Williamsburg EMS supervisor which was stolen the night before. It was discovered around midnight with doors open and the lights on.

Patrol units then found a suspicious person walking north on George Washington Memorial Highway which they suspected of being connected to the stolen vehicle based on his demeanor and responses to deputies’ questions regarding the incident.

The man was identified as 28-year-old Corey Ray Wheaton from Williamsburg.

K9 Officer Duke, a bloodhound, was then sent to track the last occupants of the stolen vehicle which he led him directly to Wheaton in the deputy’s custody more than two miles away.

Once K9 Duke got to him, Wheaton then confessed to stealing the vehicle from Williamsburg and is now in custody.

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