Man gets 4 years for series of local robberies

Posted: January 5, 2013

The Winchester Star

Nathaniel C. Goodman

WINCHESTER — A local man will serve four years in prison for stealing items from seven Frederick County homes and trying to sell them to pawn shops.

Nathaniel Christopher Goodman, 30, pleaded guilty in Frederick County Circuit Court Friday to seven counts of breaking and entering and seven counts of grand larceny.

The pleas were made as part of an agreement with county Commonwealth’s Attorney Ross Spicer.

Goodman — represented by attorney David Hensley — was sentenced to 25 years in prison, with all but four years suspended. He also must serve five years on supervised probation and pay $5,052.95 in restitution.

Spicer, who reviewed the evidence against Goodman at Friday’s hearing, said that in May and June, he broke into seven area homes and stole more than $200 from each residence.

According to a search warrant filed in June in Winchester Circuit Court, he sold an 8-gigabyte iPod and an iPod docking station to Famous Pawns — at 911 Winchester Ave. in Martinsburg, W.Va. — on June 4.

The items were stolen from a house in the 200 block of Copperfield Lane near Winchester, according to the warrant.

A black Springfield Armory 1911 A-1 .45-caliber pistol was stolen from the 100 block of Little River Drive in Frederick County on June 12.

Goodman allegedly attempted to sell the firearm at the Cash for Gold Pawn Shop at 1848 Berryville Pike (Va. 7) in the county.

An employee identified a photo of Goodman, saying he was the man who tried to sell the pistol and that he was driving a blue sport utility vehicle, according to the warrant.

Spicer said the investigation into items sold at the pawn shops led police to Goodman — who was staying in Room 316 at America’s Best Value Inn at 1347 Berryville Ave. in Winchester.

He added that officers found items from each theft in Goodman’s motel room, and that while he did not admit to stealing them,

Goodman could not provide a coherent explanation for having the items.

Spicer said Goodman was suffering from heroin addiction at the time.

Goodman also pleaded guilty in Winchester Circuit Court Friday to one count of possession of heroin.

That charge was placed after police found a large silver spoon with burnt residue and two needles in the same motel room, according to the search warrant.

He was sentenced in the city — as part of an agreement for that charge — to two years in prison, with all of the time suspended.

Goodman also will serve three years of supervised probation in the city.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com