Two men charged in Franklin County break-in
Two men have been arrested in connection with a Franklin County break-in.

On Saturday a neighbor noticed a suspicious person at a home in Hardy.

The neighbor saw another man leave a home with items in a pillow case.

Investigators arrested 39-year-old Barry Lavender of Roanoke and 40-year-old Charles Redman of Roanoke.

Both men have been charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony.

Here is the news release from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office:

On Saturday, February 4, 2012, at 12:54pm, the Office of the Sheriff, County of Franklin, was notified of a suspicious person in a brown Honda at a Hardy area residence.   The observant citizen notified the Franklin County Communications Center of the vehicle license tag and description as deputies were dispatched.   The citizen spoke with the suspicious driver just prior to him leaving.  The same citizen then observed another person leaving the residence with items in a pillow case but kept him in sight until Deputies R. L. Davis and J. H. Watkins arrived and took the subject, identified as 39 year old Barry Lynn Lavender of Roanoke, into custody.
 
In response to the information provided by the citizen, a lookout was broadcast to surrounding law enforcement agencies which resulted in the brown Honda being located by Vinton police officers a short time later.   The driver was detained for Franklin County deputies and identified as 40 year old Charles Wesley Redman of Roanoke, Va.
 
The resulting investigation revealed the Hardy area residence had been ransacked and items removed from the residence.   As a result Barry Lavender and Charles Redman were each charged with one charge of Breaking and Enter with intent to commit a felony and held on a $20,000 bond.  Barry Lavender was released after posting his bond.